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Charles Johnson Jr., Brown & Wood Partner, Author, Dies at 80

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Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Charles J. Johnson Jr., a former head of the corporate and securities practice at Brown & Wood and co-author of a text on securities law, has died. He was 80.

He died on Feb. 2 at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a death notice in the New York Times by Sidley Austin LLP, which was formed by the merger of Brown & Wood with Sidley & Austin in 2001. No cause was given.

Johnson led Brown & Wood’s corporate and securities practices for a decade until his retirement in 1988. He represented Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., then the world’s largest investment-banking firm, when it went public in 1971, according to his book, “Corporate Finance and the Securities Laws.”

“Mr. Johnson was known for contributing greatly to the firm’s growth, in particular, for cultivating its capital markets practice,” Sidley Austin said in the death notice.

His book was first published in 1990. Its fourth edition, co-authored by Sidley Austin partner Joseph McLaughlin, came out in 2006.

Charles John Johnson Jr. was born on Jan. 23, 1932, in Jersey City, New Jersey, according to Marquis Who’s Who. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1953 and a law degree from Harvard University in 1956. He joined Brown & Wood in 1956 and became a partner in 1967.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Chris, and their two sons, Charles and Mark, according to the firm.

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