Today, we must report on some unfortunate news from California, where a partner of Sidley Austin’s Los Angeles office was found dead on Sunday. Authorities believe that the cause of death is suicide.
Gabriel MacConaill, a 2005 graduate of the Dickinson Law School at Pennsylvania State University, was known as a restructuring expert and had recently secured a lead role in Mattress Firm’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, MacConaill died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
A spokeswoman from the firm released this statement on MacConaills’s death:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Gabe MacConaill, our valued colleague and partner. He will be fondly remembered by colleagues as well as clients as an outstanding lawyer, partner and friend. Our hearts especially go out to his wife to whom we offer our sincerest condolences.
We here at Above the Law would like to extend our condolences to Gabriel MacConaill’s family, friends, and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time.
If you or someone you know is depressed and in need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or a lawyer assistance program in your state (don’t be fooled by the name; these programs also provide services to law students). Remember that you are loved, so please reach out if you need assistance.
Gunshot Killed Sidley Partner, LA Medical Examiner Rules [American Lawyer]
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