Friends and colleagues remembered Elliott Goldstein, who died last week at 93, as a World War II hero, a corporate lawyer who transformed the trajectory of what was Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy and a patron of arts and culture in Atlanta.

“He was an amazing person and in some ways one of the fathers of American corporate law,” said Armin G. Brecher, a partner and former chairman of the firm that last year became part of Bryan Cave.