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Owen “Jamie” Jameson, who managed McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen’s corporate group for more than 20 years, died Monday. He was 90. Jameson retired from McCutchen in 1981 but for many years he remained a frequent visitor to the firm’s San Francisco office and continued to attend McCutchen’s annual partner retreats. McCutchen merged with Boston’s Bingham Dana in 2002 and was renamed Bingham McCutchen. A 1937 Harvard Law School alumnus, Jameson joined McCutchen after law school. He took a five-year hiatus during World War II, doing stints on the Manhattan Project and at the U.S. Office of Price Administration, which was established during the war to control inflation. Jameson returned to McCutchen in 1945 and was made a partner three years later. In the mid-1960s, Jameson took over the firm’s corporate group, which he managed until his retirement. He lived in San Francisco. Jameson was known as a supportive mentor who often used his sharp wit to communicate his lessons, partner Bartley Deamer said. “He was a very straight shooter who called them as he saw them,” Deamer said. Taking humorous shots at what Deamer called “human foibles” and sometimes himself, Jameson would impart his enthusiasm for corporate law on his associates, Deamer said. Jameson also influenced corporate law in the 1960s when Delaware — the state favored by companies looking to incorporate — adopted his suggestion that companies be cleared to use cash and stock to buy other companies, Deamer said. Prior to Jameson’s suggestion, deals were considered to be stock transactions, he said. Jameson’s extended family is planning a memorial for sometime in November.

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