Dick Cates: one of a kind


Bill Kraus said it well. One of the stories comes from Bill Dixon, an old friend who was on the Rodino staff. As I was preparing remarks for Cates' service I called Bill. He gave this gem. Rodino needed a trial lawyer and Bob Kastenmeier recommended Cates. Dixon reports that when Dick Cates came in the room it was as if Matt Dillon had arrived: "Boys--there is a new sheriff in town."

Bill Kraus said it well. One of the stories comes from Bill Dixon, an old friend who was on the Rodino staff. As I was preparing remarks for Cates' service I called Bill. He gave this gem. Rodino needed a trial lawyer and Bob Kastenmeier recommended Cates. Dixon reports that when Dick Cates came in the room it was as if Matt Dillon had arrived: "Boys--there is a new sheriff in town."

Dick was a great story teller as a lawyer, Heffernan committee member, and friend. It was the story that Cates delivered to the Nixon Impeachment Committee that led to Nixon's resignation. Democrats and Republicans trusted Dick Cates for good reason. His stories were based on facts not fiction.

Hell of a guy. Great lawyer.