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Martin Macy started as a messenger at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro when he was 17. Over the next 41 years, he came to be seen by many at the firm as its mascot, a perpetual optimist and a friend to all � “a character out of a storybook,” one colleague said. As of today, he’s also unemployed. Officials at what is now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman said Friday they couldn’t discuss Macy’s situation. They did say, however, that five staffers were let go this week as part of a belt-tightening effort. That’s not sitting well with some Pillsbury alums. Former partners concerned about Macy’s welfare are passing the hat, via e-mail, to establish a trust on his behalf. “He is the single most beloved person who has walked the halls of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro,” said Clement Glynn, now of Walnut Creek’s Glynn & Finley, who sent the e-mail circulating through town. “He is one of the most decent and kind and positive influences that most of us who had ever worked there had ever known.” Glynn said Macy made less than $35,000 per year. Macy, 58, hits home with many at Pillsbury both because of his longevity with the firm and his unique personality. He is known not just to Pillsbury lawyers and alumni, but to executives of the Chevron Corp., since for many years both shared offices at 325 Bush St. Sometimes unconventional, Macy was known to arrive for work as early as 4 a.m., and sometimes left cookies on lawyers’ chairs. “Martin is generous to a fault,” said Gregg Vignos, now at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. He remembers an associate asking Macy if he could get a newspaper delivered, only to later discover, he said, “that Martin was paying for the newspaper out of his own pocket.” Macy didn’t return a call Friday. David Anderson, managing partner of Pillsbury’s San Francisco office, said he couldn’t discuss Macy’s situation. “Without permission, I am not comfortable speaking about any individual by name.” But he described the elimination last week of five San Francisco staff jobs as part of a “continuation of our efforts to manage our business here as efficiently as we can.” Anderson said that altogether the jobs of 14 staffers were eliminated firmwide. He added that some partners within the firm, led by Richard Odgers and Theresa Moran, were organizing an effort to raise funds for laid-off staffers. (Moran said Friday the effort was just getting under way.) The news of Macy’s dismissal left some Pillsbury alums perplexed. “When I was there, we knew he was a guy who had been largely adopted by the firm,” said one, who asked not to be identified. “If they are putting him out on the street, it would be outrageous � so outrageous that I can’t believe that they are doing it.” Glynn said he and other former partners want to help Macy with the transition and possible medical bills. “Hopefully, what we will come up with is a trust that will provide for him and an income stream that will assist him,” said Glynn. Anybody wanting to donate through Glynn’s fund can e-mail him at [email protected] “I always viewed him as the soul of the firm,” said William Edlund, a 43-year Pillsbury veteran now with Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant Miller. “And when I left the firm, I told him that when the lights go out, if they ever do, you can turn off the switch.”

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