Richard Gabriel Braman
December 8, 1953 - June 9, 2014
Richard Braman, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of The Sedona Conference, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 9, 2014 in the Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, AZ. His loving wife, Margo, was at his side at the time of passing.
Richard was born on December 8, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Don & Sally Braman. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, then magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. As a licensed attorney in California and Minnesota, he represented both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust, intellectual property, and other complex business litigation since 1978. Prior to founding The Sedona Conference, Richard was Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group of the Minneapolis law firm of Gray Plant Mooty, which he joined in 1987. Before joining Gray Plant Mooty, Richard owned and operated the nationally-renowned jazz club, Gabriel’s, at St. Anthony and Main on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. He also practiced in a plaintiff’s antitrust class action law firm in Minneapolis and with a large, defense-oriented firm in San Francisco, CA. In 2013, he was named by The American Lawyer as “one of the 50 most innovative people in Big Law in the last 50 years.”
Richard founded The Sedona Conference in 1997 in pursuit of his dream and vision to move the law forward in a reasoned and just way. Richard’s personal principles and beliefs became the guiding principles for The Sedona Conference: professionalism, civility, an open mind, respect for the beliefs of others, thoughtfulness, reflection, and a belief in a process based on civilized dialogue, not debate.
Richard Braman is survived by his wife Margo Braman, sister Sandra Braman and brother Stuart Braman.
Richard on cooperation in the practice of law
Richard's tribute to Margo
Profile of Richard Braman from The Federal Lawyer, September 2003
Testimonial to Richard Braman by Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, September 24, 2011
Thoughts and Remembrances of Richard Braman
"Braman, executive director emeritus of The Sedona Conference, leaves a profound e-discovery legacy"
By Monica Bay and Mark Gerlach, Law Technology News, June 10, 2014 (free registration required for viewing)