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The untimely death of Daniel Weiser has put his family, friends and his colleagues at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in a state of shock and grief. On Monday, the 48-year-old corporate finance partner was found in his Menlo Park home, a victim of what authorities have called an accidental death. A spokeswoman for the Menlo Park Police Department said there is no criminal investigation, but declined to give further details. The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has yet to issue its report. “I think that all of us were really quite shocked,” said John Fore, leader of Wilson’s corporate finance group. “It’s really been quite a blow for people working in the practice group and the whole firm.” Weiser had been working on a high-yield financing deal just last week, but he didn’t show up to work on Monday, Fore said. He was found later that day by a relative. Weiser’s wife, Melanie Vinson, and their two young children, Sophia and Malcolm, were vacationing in Paris at the time, he said. “We’re trying to cope and just going to support his family as best we can,” said Steven Bochner, a longtime Wilson partner. Grief counselors were on hand at Wilson Sonsini on Tuesday, and Fore said that lawyers convened to remember Weiser. Colleagues recalled his humor and kindness as well as his acumen as a lawyer, he said. “He was a lawyer that you would go to consult on a lot of the toughest situations,” Fore said. Weiser also served on the executive committee of the business law section of the State Bar of California, where his longtime friend, Neil Wertlieb, a Los Angeles Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy partner, was chairman. “My first reaction was it’s got to be a mistake — he’s a relatively young, healthy guy,” Wertlieb said. “I didn’t believe it, I didn’t want to believe it; obviously, it’s painfully true.” Wertlieb and Weiser attended Boalt Hall School of Law together and then both worked in Los Angeles — Weiser was at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for 14 years before moving north to join Wilson Sonsini in 2000. Weiser’s wife, Melanie, is a lawyer at Hewlett-Packard and had been a summer associate at Wilson, the firm said. Her cousin, Amanda Vinson, is currently a Wilson associate.

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