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JOHN MCGILL (1950-2017)


John was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Florida, where he graduated from South Broward High School. One winter at Michigan State was enough: He transferred to Rice University in Houston to earn his B.A. in History in 1973.

He earned a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1976, began practicing law in Austin with Wirth, Hancock & Piedfort in 1977 and became a partner in the firm a few years later. Over the years the firm name changed from Wirth, Hancock, & Piedfort, to Hancock, Piedfort Galton, & McGill, to Hancock & McGill to Hancock, McGill & Bleau with the admission of Andrea Bleau as a partner in 2016. Lawyers joined the firm and left the firm over the years, but John McGill and Don Hancock had an enduring professional association and lasting friendshipfor more than 40 years, until John’s death in 2017.

John was married to Ann Hartley, the love of his life. They enjoyed traveling and contributed their energies to a variety of political and philanthropic causes. John was an avid Rice fan and often traveled to Houston to attend Rice sporting events.

He was a kind and gentle man, a good lawyer and a colorful, charismatic character that will be truly missed by all who knew him.