In memoriam: Robert Dunn

BVWireIssue #127-3
April 17, 2013

BVWire is saddened to report the loss of attorney Robert Dunn this past weekend. One of the country’s leading legal experts on commercial damages, Bob was highly respected by attorneys, business appraisers and economic damages experts alike.

Reflecting on Bob’s career, friend and colleague Everett Harry (Harry Torchiana LLP) tells BVWire that in the mid-1970s, Bob identified the need to evaluate and categorize court decisions involving economic damages, which resulted in the 1978 edition of Recovery of Damages for Lost Profits. The 6th edition was published in 2005 and supplemented in March 2013. “Bob never stopped searching for and digesting important legal findings and rulings on the topic,” says Harry. “The effort was enormous and the results ever so valuable to lawyers and economic damages experts. Bob made sense out of thousands of federal and state cases.” Despite the time demands of this undertaking, Bob wrote two more books, launched and edited the Dunn on Damages journal, and frequently appeared at national conferences for forensic and valuation experts. Harry says, “Bob was a visionary thought-leader and a real difference-maker for us. His published works have been integral to my professional career.”  But more important, says Harry, “Bob became my closest friend over the last 10-plus years. He was intellectually gifted and quite well informed across a wide variety of topics. I will miss his professional contributions but even more his personal company.”

Dunn on Damages publisher and colleague James Hitchner (Financial Valuation Advisors) offers his condolences: “I was shocked and saddened to learn about the untimely death of Bob Dunn and his nephew Dylan Barry. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob, Dylan, and their families. Bob was an icon in the damages calculations, fraud, and litigation area, having written several books including the seminal book Recovery of Damages for Lost Profits, typically referred to as ‘Dunn on Damages.’ I had the pleasure of working with Bob the last few years on publications and presentations. He was very bright, organized, dedicated, and a pleasure to work with. I was also impressed by his passion to be the best he could be. He was the consummate professional and will be sorely missed.”

BVWire and the many team members at BVR send our special condolences to Bob’s family, friends, and colleagues. We enjoyed working with Bob on so many occasions over the years. He will be missed.

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