Peter Johnson Sr., a legendary rags-to-riches Manhattan lawyer who rose from the West Side docks to the apex of the legal profession as a renowned litigator and political kingmaker, died Dec. 3 after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 91.

Confidant of governors and mayors, maker of judges, scourge of Tammany Hall, feared and respected adversary, role model to generations of lawyers, decorated Marine and philanthropist, Johnson, a founding partner in Leahey & Johnson, was, in the words of his son Peter Johnson Jr., “an unorthodox force of nature.”

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