Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Spotlight: Cowles & Thompson Remembers Ken Dippel

It is with great sadness that Cowles & Thompson announces the passing of Ken Dippel, Of Counsel to Cowles & Thompson, who died on May 30, 2007 of complications from lymphatic cancer.

Ken devoted much of his 50-plus-year legal career to municipal law and government, serving as Dallas Assistant City Attorney on two occasions, a district judge, and as a private attorney whose clients included municipalities throughout the North Texas Area.

Ken received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1955.  He served in the Navy with the Judge Advocate General's Corps, then joined the Dallas City Attorney's office in 1963, where he worked for ten years and was appointed First Assistant City Attorney.  In 1978 he was appointed judge of the 95th District Court in Dallas County.  He first joined Cowles & Thompson in 1979, then worked for the firm of Hutchison, Boyle, Brooks and Dansfield before returning to the City of Dallas in 1988.  He rejoined Cowles & Thompson in 1991, where he remained until his death.  At the time of his death, he was City Attorney for the Town of Addison, Texas.

Mr. Dippel is remembered at the firm for his love of city work.  ""He just had that knack of getting along with people, which is the unique thing you need in dealing with cities and city councils, since they are composed of a great variety of people,"" said Ken Mighell, Of Counsel to the firm.  ""His ability to get along with people, combined with his patience and knowledge of municipal law, made a perfect match.""

Ken is survived by his son Bill Dippel, his daughter Annie Dippel Drummond, and four grandchildren.

He will be sorely missed.

Return to list.