Henry J. Underwood, Jr. ("Hank") died Wednesday, March 9, losing a long and tough battle with cancer.
Hank was a leading attorney in Chicago for decades. He served as Managing Partner of local firm Defrees & Fiske for over a decade, negotiated its 2009 merger with Howard & Howard, and headed its Chicago office until 2021. He was a consummate corporate attorney, who helped and guided numerous local companies, including Martin-Brower, SigmaTron International, General Packaging, and Bard Associates.
Jon D. Kreucher, CEO of H&H described Hank as follows: "He was a gentleman…thoughtful, insightful, strategic, generous, fearless, kind, and deeply committed to our Firm. He was a great teacher, keenly aware of the importance of mentoring lawyers of all ages on how to practice law and serve the client."
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