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Remembering Bill Campbell, One of Kutak Rock’s Original Founders

News | April 16, 2019

William G. Campbell, one of the founders of Kutak Rock LLP, died in Ely, Minnesota on April 13, 2019. He was 84.

Along with Bob Kutak and Harold Rock, Mr. Campbell established the firm in Omaha on January 11, 1965 and was involved in all aspects of the firm until leaving in 1992.

A Nebraska native, Mr. Campbell attended George Washington University Law School in the 1960s and he met Bob Kutak in 1964 while both were working for Senator Roman L. Hruska. After law school, Mr. Campbell accepted a position as a trial lawyer with an Omaha law firm. On January 11, 1965 he joined Bob Kutak and Harold Rock to found Kutak Rock & Campbell.

A former partner remembers Bill as a “charismatic figure in the courtroom and a master at simplifying complicated problems for judges and juries.” He was generous with colleagues as he became a mentor to young partners and associates developing their own styles for trial practice.

Mr. Campbell spent many years with the firm managing sophisticated securities litigation for some of the firm’s largest clients. He spent his retirement years in his beloved Ely, Minnesota.