In Memoriam: James Coyne King

James Coyne King

I’m sad to have two memorials in two days. On Saturday, James Coyne King, one of the founders of my firm, Murphy & King, passed away after an illness. Jim started his career in public service, first at the IRS and then for several years in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. He practiced in the field of business litigation in Boston for many years, but near the end of his career he felt called to public service again, mounting an improbable but heartfelt campaign for the United States Senate in 2012. I fondly remember long talks with Jim when I first arrived at the firm as a young lawyer. He took special pleasure in hazing the new associates by assigning them to undesirable cases, but along with the “dogs” came a lot of wisdom from Jim’s many years of experience. I will miss him, as will everyone who knew him. And our firm, which he helped to found and then to build, will bear his name as a living memorial for many years to come—I think Jim would be especially proud of that.

About Ted Folkman

Ted Folkman is a shareholder with Murphy & King, a Boston law firm, where he has a complex business litigation practice. He is the author of International Judicial Assistance (MCLE 2d ed. 2016), a nuts-and-bolts guide to international judicial assistance issues, and of the chapter on service of process in the ABA's forthcoming treatise on International Aspects of US Litigation, and he is the publisher of Letters Blogatory, the Web's first blog devoted to international judicial assistance, which the ABA recognized as one of the best 100 legal blogs in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

2 thoughts on “In Memoriam: James Coyne King

  1. Ted:

    I think we have not met, but I am Jim King’s and Murphy & King’s second longest standing client (1982), and as Jim would remind me constantly one of his smallest.

    I am very pleased to hear that his name will remain in the firm’s name. A great tribute. Well done.

    If eulogies and other speeches are recorded, I would love a copy as I was not able to make the service.

    Hugh R Taylor

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