Stephen W. Ching Jr., 45, a partner with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, died suddenly October 12.

Ching joined Obermayer as an associate in 1993, focusing his practice in the areas of international law, commercial and civil litigation and Chinese joint venture law, according to a press release from the firm.

“Stephen accomplished so much in his career … Stephen believed if you were dedicated to something, you found the time, whether it was for family or work. He found time for both,” said Robert Whitelaw, managing partner of Obermayer Rebmann, in a release.

Ching received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a master’s of philosophy in international law and affairs from Cambridge University.

Ching obtained his law degree from Villanova University School of Law, after which he joined Obermayer, becoming a partner in 2003, a release said.

He also previously served as legal counsel and adviser to the Chinese Benevolent Association, and was a member of the international law and litigation sections of the American Bar Association, as well as the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania bar associations, according to his bio on the firm’s website.

“He was a very thoughtful person and an extraordinary husband, father and friend. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family,” Thomas Leonard, chair of Obermayer Rebmann’s litigation department, said in a release.

Ching is survived by his wife, Theresa DiNubile-Ching; his three children, Stephen, Ellison and Michael; his parents, Stephen and Nancy; his brother, Stanley; and his sister, Stephanie.

Services are scheduled for today, with visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral mass, all at the St. Thomas of Villanova Main Chapel on the campus of Villanova University. Interment will follow at a nearby cemetery and then a luncheon. •