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Longtime Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Deputy Chief Counsel Patrick O’Hern died April 12. He was 56. After graduating from law school in 1973, O’Hern worked as an associate for Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He left Brobeck in 1977 to open the West Coast office of the Federal Regulatory Commission. In 1978, O’Hern served as chief legal counsel at the Department of Energy. “He had an amazing ability to lead a ragtag group of three-year lawyers who were going up against big oil and the large firms representing them,” said Ralph Swanson III, a partner at Berliner Cohen and lifelong friend who worked under O’Hern at the DOE. O’Hern eventually became district director of the DOE’s entire western region. He joined Lawrence Livermore in 1983. He attended Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy for his undergraduate studies and earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1973. He was active in the Alameda County Bar Association and served as chair of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. O’Hern is survived by his wife, Patricia Brody, a partner at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro in San Francisco; and his daughter, Maureen O’Hern, a freshman at Princeton.

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