It is with profound sadness that we announce the loss of our partner and good friend, Fritz Bott. Fritz passed away on August 23, 2019.
Fritz joined Deutsch Kerrigan in 1960 and practiced in the firm’s Construction Department, and for nearly 50 years, Fritz defended architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants, physicians, dentists, bankers and contractors in aviation defense, professional liability, and construction related matters. Early in his career, Mr. Bott was one of the principal trial attorneys for Pan American World Airways and its insurers arising out of the crash of Pan Am Flight #759 in Kenner, Louisiana, in 1982 and the crash of Eastern Flight #66 at Kennedy Airport, New York, in 1975. Fritz received his J.D. from Tulane University in 1960 and his B.B.A. from Tulane University in 1955. Fritz served for many years on the firm’s management committee, as a former firm managing partner, and was a former head of the Construction Department. He was instrumental in the relocation of the firm by his participation in the purchase of the former La Belle Creole Cigar & Tobacco Factory, built in 1882.
Fritz enjoyed motorcycling, snow skiing, reading, duplicate bridge and travelling with his wife. He was a valued veteran of the United States Navy, qualifying for carrier takeoffs and landings, and he flew reconnaissance aircrafts and supply planes.
The attorneys and staff of Deutsch Kerrigan extend our deepest condolences to Fritz's family and friends. He was a beloved part of the Deutsch Kerrigan family and will be greatly missed by everyone in the firm.