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Julian Pardini, a Boalt Hall graduate who practiced law in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood for almost half the 20th century, died July 2. He was 73 years old. Entering the legal profession, where he focused on estate planning and probate, was a natural move for the San Francisco native. His father, also named Julian, was a senior member of the Italian American Bar Association whose clients included Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini and Abe Ruef, a former San Francisco mayor. His mother Elda performed legal work before she learned to speak English. She went on to become a founding member of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society. But close friends and colleagues said Pardini, who died of multiple myeloma, never took his position in the community for granted. “Julian was a guy who valued his clients as people. He was extraordinary in that regard,” said Herman Papa, a friend since childhood. “If he referred a client to me, before he’d ask about anything else, he’d always ask about his client.” In the 1970s, Pardini’s firm became one of the original tenants in the Transamerica pyramid. The firm � known at the time as Dooley, Anderson, Johnson & Pardini � was dominated by attorneys who grew up in San Francisco. They represented mostly local clients. By the end of the 1990s, however, two partners split from the firm, and escalating rents finally forced the rest of Pardini’s group to leave the famed skyscraper. From the 24-attorney firm that thrived through the mid-1980s, law partner James Johnson is now the only lawyer left. Thomas Haran, who worked at Dooley, Anderson as an associate, said the firm’s decline was difficult for Pardini. “Being a family guy, he really tried to hold that firm together,” said Haran, now a partner at Bishop, Barry, Howe, Haney & Ryder. “I think not being able to make that thing stand on its own, when some people were leaving, was a little sad for him.” Though times have changed, Pardini’s old-fashioned treatment of clients left a lasting impression. “Sometimes he came home with a box of walnuts or pears or Giants tickets that clients would give him in lieu of a fee,” said his surviving son Julian “Jay” Pardini, who specializes in insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation for Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. Pardini is survived by his wife Kathryn, children Charles, Julian, David, Kathryn, Robert and Mark, 13 grandchildren and his sister Sandra Gulli. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral July 7 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sacred Heart Cathedral College Preparatory at 1055 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94109.

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