A friend and trusted mentor, Robert (Bob) Childs, Jr., passed away last week and his memorial service is being held today in Alabama. I worked with Bob from 2001 to 2008 and he taught those of us lucky enough to work with him the importance of tenacity, perseverance, civility, and humor. Bob left behind many admirers and fond memories; he will be dearly missed.
Below is a statement by Wiggins Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb, the law firm that Bob helped to found decades ago:
Robert “Bob” Fletcher Childs, Jr. passed away on March 27, 2018. Bob was a founding member of the Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb law firm for almost 40 years. He was passionate about his family, his clients, his work, and the University of Alabama. Bob devoted his practice to defending the civil rights of workers and individuals throughout the United States. He was instrumental in building the law firm from inception, into the national civil rights advocacy organization that it is today.
Bob was not just a great lawyer though. He was one of the biggest fans of the Crimson Tide, even among a sea of ardent supporters. In addition to receiving his undergraduate and legal degrees from the University of Alabama, Bob played linebacker for Coach Bear Bryant from 1966-1968. He was, most notably, a member of undefeated 1966 team known for “the Missing Ring.” The team, despite not being awarded the national championship, was described by Coach Bear Bryant as “the greatest football team I’ve ever been associated with and the greatest college football team I’ve ever seen.”
Bob was a leader and a legend in the legal community. His achievements are many and his legacy will carry on, as he has left an indelible mark on the legal profession in Alabama and his fellow lawyers. Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb mourns his loss and will miss his leadership and friendship.