Managing Partner’s Corner

On January 1, 2013, I stepped into the Managing Partner role at Samuels Yoelin Kantor. I’ll also be taking over the Managing Partner’s Corner column in the future. I first want to thank Al Spinrad for his tireless dedication, thoughtful consideration, and endless patience while serving as Managing Partner over these past four years. Al has been generous to a fault with his time in helping me prepare for the transition to managing partner. Al’s term (some might call it a sentence) is now up, and we hope he enjoys the transition back to practicing law full-time (and playing the guitar, and traveling, and enjoying grandparent-hood).

This is also my opportunity to share some thoughts about Merritt Yoelin, who passed away on October 15. I first met Merritt in 1996, when I started with the firm as a law clerk. I think I called him “Mr. Yoelin” when I first met him – and was promptly corrected. He wasn’t one for that sort of formality in the office, despite his status as our Senior Partner. Merritt was a teacher, mentor, colleague, and a friend. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him over these past 16 years, and I am a better lawyer for his supervision and training. One of Merritt’s defining qualities was his commitment to his clients. I’m confident we can continue that commitment to our clients, in the best tradition that Merritt set for us over the years.

I’m not sure what the next four years (my term as Managing Partner) will bring, but I have no doubt they will be interesting years. Other than a few years spent prosecuting war criminals in Europe, my only home in private practice has been at Samuels Yoelin Kantor. I’ve worn a few different hats here — law clerk, associate, junior partner, and now Managing Partner. Hopefully those experiences will help me in this new endeavor. I look forward to continuing to work with our excellent staff and my colleagues. To our clients, my door and phone line are always open if you have issues you want to discuss. My commitment is to help our firm provide our clients with the excellent legal services they’ve come to expect since our firm’s founding in 1927; and to do what I can to make sure we do so while enjoying the practice of law.

Timothy J. Resch is a civil litigator with an impressive local and international history helping employers and small businesses find success in federal and state court litigation matters. You can contact Tim directly at

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