Jerold Solovy, the chairman emeritus of Jenner & Block and an attorney who spent his entire career with the firm, died on Wednesday morning in Naples, Fla, the firm announced. He was 80.

Solovy joined Jenner in 1955 after graduating from Harvard Law School, and served as its chairman from 1990 to 2007. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer in 2007 in recognition of a career that spanned more than half a century and featured extensive pro bono work, especially in Chicago. Solovy’s pro bono and civil rights work focused on everything from defending free speech rights to promoting the voting rights of minorities.

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