Attorney Frederick J. Myers Jr. passes at age 93

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PITTSFIELD — Attorney Frederick M. Myers Jr., a founding member of the Pittsfield law firm Cain, Hibbard & Myers, died on Feb. 27. He was 93.

Myers, who was involved in a landmark state liability case 40 years ago, had been a member of the Massachusetts bar for over 60 years

In 1975, Myers represented The Clark-Aiken Co. in a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case that established the doctrine of strict liability in Massachusetts against hazardous activity.

Myers, Lincoln S. Cain and Stephen B. Hibbard founded Cain Hibbard & Myers on Jan. 1, 1964. With six full partners and two associates, it was the largest law firm ever formed in Berkshire County up to that time, according to Eagle files.

The firm was originally located at 7 North St., but moved to 184 North St. after a gas explosion damaged its original offices in 1970. The firm then moved to the newly constructed Tierney Building at 66 West St. in 1988.

Cain Hibbard & Myers has since opened offices in Great Barrington and Williamstown. The firm celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014.

The son of the later Frederick M. Myers Sr. and Ethel Myers, Frederick Myers Jr. was born in Pittsfield on Sept. 4, 1922. A Pittsfield High School graduate, Myers attended Williams College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year before graduating magna cum laude with degrees in history and literature in 1943. He received his law degree cum laude from Harvard University in 1948.

Myers was employed at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City between 1948 and 1950, the year he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar. He joined his father in the firm Myers & Myers. The partnership ended when the senior Myers died on Aug. 11, 1963.

Myers was a leading trial and corporate lawyer in Massachusetts from 1950 until he retired from active practice in 2006. He also had a long and distinguished career in corporate and business litigation.

In addition to his local law practice, Myers served on the boards of the Lukens Steel Co., Newport Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Holland Co. and The Clark Aiken Co. He also chaired the Lukens' board.

Myers was elected a fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and served as a special justice in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington after being appointed to that position in 1971 by then-Gov. Francis Sargent.

His father, also a Williams College graduate, served as a special justice of the District Court in Pittsfield from 1921 until his death in 1963, and was a past president of the Berkshire Bar Association.

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.


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