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John Hauser, a senior partner at Bingham McCutchen, died at home Saturday after months of illness related to a stroke. He was 75. Hauser joined McCutchen, Olney, Mannon, Griffiths and Greene in 1952. The firm changed its name in 1958 to McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen and a couple of years later, Hauser made partner. Through his tenure with the firm it grew from 30 lawyers to more than 300 and merged with Boston’s Bingham Dana in July 2002 to become Bingham McCutchen. “He was an excellent mentor. The first case I ever tried was sitting next to him,” said Bingham partner James Hunt, who joined the firm as an associate under Hauser in 1967. “He had a keen mind and a really good strategic sense, but also a wonderful sense of humor. I have tried to emulate that.” An antitrust and intellectual property trial lawyer for his whole career, Hauser represented General Motors Corp., Coca-Cola Co. and Microsoft Corp. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as a delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. In addition, he was a founding member of the alternative dispute resolution project in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Born in Milwaukee in 1927, Hauser earned his undergraduate degree from Haverford College in 1948 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1951. “John was a remarkable lawyer and man,” said Donn Pickett, vice chairman of Bingham McCutchen. “We will all miss him.” A member of the board of the Community Music Center for 30 years, Hauser was also an accomplished jazz pianist. Hunt said he was always ready to play a tune at dinner parties. Hauser is survived by his wife of 47 years, Florence, of San Francisco, and his three children and their families: Sarah Hauser and Jeffrey Lerer of New York City; Katherine Hauser Fernandez and Scott Fernandez of San Francisco; and Pierre Hauser and Abigail Disney and their children Charlotte, Olivia, Henry and Eamon, of New York City. His son Jonathan preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the John N. Hauser Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Music Center. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 2325 Union St. near Steiner.

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