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David H. Hopkins Has Died

By Tonya Brotherton, Bird Dog Foundation | Aug 15, 2019
David H. Hopkins

Grand Junction, Tenn. — In Chicago’s legal community, David Hopkins was among the best. He was a partner in a prominent family practice law firm. During his legal career over the decades he had a substantial impact on improvements to laws affecting divorcing clients.

David Hopkins died on August 7 at age 75.

David Hopkins’ name may not be familiar to many members of the pointing dog fraternity, but he was well known in the Springer Spaniel sport. He served on the board of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Club of Illinois. He was the first president of the Springer Foundation, and he was an American Kennel Club delegate and also a board member of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

His contribution to the Bird Dog Foundation was an updating of the Foundation’s bylaws, a significant piece of work which he generously did pro bono.

David was born in Farragut, Ida., on March 19, 1944. He later graduated from Duke University in 1966 and the Columbia Law School in 1969. While working as a summer associate in Chicago, he met his future wife Marie on a blind date. They were married 47 years.

He was a frequent author and speaker, having presented numerous papers in divorce taxation at bar association seminars and tax law institutes.

During his legal career David received several honors including Best Lawyers in America.

David and Marie (Melchris Kennels) bred seventeen successful open and amateur Springer Spaniel champions.

He is survived by his wife Marie, a daughter Melissa and son Christopher, and three grandchildren.

Interment was held August 17 at All-Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill.


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