John “Jack” Fritts, a former chairman of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and longtime partner of the firm, died on Monday. He was 86.

Fritts first joined Cadwalader in 1959 and spent his career there. A corporate attorney, he rose to become chairman of the executive committee in the 1990s. After stepping down from his role as chairman in the late 1990s, Fritts was senior counsel up until the day he passed.