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Robert Bostrom, Pier 1 Import’s executive vice president, chief legal and compliance officer and corporate secretary. (Photo by Andrew Spear)

The news of the passing of career general counsel Robert Bostrom rocked the in-house counsel community last week. Most recently as the chief legal officer at the struggling Fort Worth-based home decor retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc., Bostrom rose to prominence after holding the top lawyer position at Freddie Mac during the recession and later at the struggling apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Colleagues say Bostrom was passionate about uplifting the in-house and Big Law community through his involvement with several organizations and his advocacy for pro bono work and diversity and inclusion.

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