Warren “Bud” Daheim was a legal lion. He had no need to roar, though he certainly could when he believed it necessary. But mostly, he would speak plainly and conversationally, creating an instant connection with his audience, be that a judge or jury. Jurors leaned forward so as not to miss a single word. He was the only lawyer in the State in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bud’s “out of the box” ideas were legendary, with one memorable trial involving a comparison of eminent domain land valuation to prime cuts of beef with a life size cow as an illustrative aid. According to Bud, the State wanted prime rib at hamburger prices. The jury agreed and awarded Bud’s client the “prime rib” price for the land – triple what the State offered.
Bud was also a devoted husband to his wife Betty, whom he lost in 2017. Their nine children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were Bud’s pride and joy. Bud argued at the United States Supreme Court, and a painting of his appearance hangs in his office. When you look closely, at the bottom is a dedication from his granddaughter, who describes “her proudest” moment watching her grandfather argue there. While Bud more recently proudly watched his grandson make his first opening statement.
The attorneys and staff at the firm were also part of Bud’s family. He shared books, discussed movies, and generously helped young lawyers work on their arguments and come up with ideas to help their clients. Bud faithfully attended the Real Estate Group problem solving meetings, ready to lend his ear and his expertise to help their clients.
Finally, Bud’s clients were his family too. Many of them worked with him for decades, and credit Bud with their later business success. If you had Bud as your lawyer, he was in it with you through thick and thin. He would wake up in the middle of the night thinking about a client’s problems, and ensured that they were well looked after – and well represented.
We all share a deep sorrow, whichever family of Bud’s you fall into.