Attorneys at Fox Rothschild are mourning the loss of Harry Jackson III, a partner in the firm’s Atlantic City, New Jersey, office, who died in a auto accident on July 29. He was 33.
A member of the firm’s gaming department and co-chair of Fox Rothschild’s American Indian Law Practice, Jackson’s life was full of promise: He made partner in 2021 and was recently engaged to be married.
Jackson died when his car collided with a jackknifed tractor-trailer on Interstate 476 in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, according to The Press of Atlantic City.
‘Still Hard to Believe’
Jackson’s colleagues at the firm are “truly devastated” by his death, said C.J. Fisher, co-chair of the gaming department at Fox Rothschild.
“It’s still hard to believe that Harry is gone. He was truly one of the kindest, nicest people that you will ever meet, and that has been the resounding theme from everyone who has shared their fondest memories of Harry,” Fisher said.
Jackson was “renowned for his unwavering kindness, generous spirit and affable manner,” and was “an ascending star and respected partner in our gaming department,” Fox Rothschild said in a statement. “He will be deeply missed by his colleagues in the Atlantic City office and the gaming department and all those upon whom he left an indelible impact throughout the firm.”
In November 2021, Tasha Norman of Law.com interviewed Jackson for an article headlined, “How I Made Partner: ‘Find Ways to Distinguish Yourself,’ Says Harry Jackson of Fox Rothschild in New Jersey.” In the article, Jackson discussed how making partner changed his feelings about his career.
“Since becoming a partner, I’ve been privy to more of the inner workings of the team and all that goes into keeping the department running on all cylinders. It’s great to have an opportunity to help build the legacy for our practice and it makes me proud to be a part of it,” Jackson said in the article.
Jackson was developing an expertise in Esports, a fast-growing field within the gaming space in which professional video game players compete on multiplayer games, said Fisher.
He was “passionately proud” of his Native American heritage and was a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, and he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as an elected member of its nine-member trial council in 2014, the Fox Rothschild statement said. As its only attorney, Jackson served as secretary to the council, which oversees governance of the tribe and establishes laws, resolutions and administrative and fiscal policies.
“Giving back to his local community, whether it was as to the tribe or more broadly. That’s just who Harry was, and something we all can aspire to,” Fisher said.
“He was very fun to be around, had a great sense of humor. His personal pursuits ranged from his comics and Lego collections all the way to his affinity for playing pinball,” Fisher said. “That pretty much sums it up with Harry, and his passion for those types of things, in addition to his professional pursuits.”
To remember Jackson, colleagues have discussed, “throughout the day, thinking what would Harry do in approaching challenges throughout the day, [thinking] how kind and generous he was, and how he carried himself and trying to remember him through that, living that way in Harry’s footsteps,” Fisher said. “We’ve also discussed having a firm day of service or something along those lines, focused on kindness and giving back to the community, which Harry was also heavily involved in.”
Fisher said Jackson’s family has requested that donations be sent to the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal National general fund: 118 E. Commerce St. Bridgeton, New Jersey, 08302, or to a memorial scholarship fund established in his memory. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made by sending a check payable to the Atlantic County Bar Association (indicate Harry Jackson memorial scholarship in the note), 1201 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401.