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Capes Sokol Mourns the Passing of Kenneth J. Rothman

Kenneth J. Rothman, who began his practice of law in 1958, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 83. Ken spent the last 11 years of his legal career with Capes Sokol, serving as Senior Counsel.

“Ken’s recipe for being a revered politician, an outstanding lawyer, a mentor, and a fiercely loyal friend was simple: add one-part integrity, one-part empathy, one-part kindness, one-part selflessness, and a dash of humor. . . mix well and enjoy,” said Gary R. Sarachan, Capes Sokol General Counsel. “His accomplishments on behalf of the citizens of Missouri endure.”

A graduate of Washington University School of Law, Ken started his career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County. He served the Missouri House of Representatives as House Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, as Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, and as a Municipal Judge in the cities of St. Ann and Richmond Heights.

A dedicated public servant for more than 40 years, Ken was one of Missouri’s foremost governmental law authorities. He was a skilled strategist that firm clients, the media, and government officials regularly consulted for legal advice and political insight on numerous topics.

Ken was a dear friend, colleague, and mentor to many of the attorneys at Capes Sokol. He was truly one of a kind. Ken will be missed by the firm and its employees.

Memorial contributions in Ken’s memory can be made to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch:

For more information about Ken, please visit his Jewish Light obituary or the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published over the weekend.

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