Indian American lawyer dies in California after hit by a train

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Indian-origin lawyer, Kirtee Kapoor, 46, passed away on the morning of June 5 after being hit by a train at a crossing in a northern California town.

Kapoor was the head of the Davis Polk & Wardwell India group in Menlo Park, California where he was there for his entire career and became a corporate partner at the firm’s Menlo Park and New York offices in 2007.

Times of India reported, prior to that he “spent time in the firm’s Frankfurt office, where he used to advise start-up founders, corporate and funds.” After obtaining partnership of the firm in 2007, he moved to Hong Kong later that year and joined Davis Polk’s California office in 2015.

In a statement on Davis Polk’s website, it said that Kapoor was born in Bengaluru and he graduated from Delhi University in 1997 with an LLB. He was also editor-in-chief of the Student’s Law Review and president of Moot Court Society.

According to an NDTV report, he then attended Oxford University where he pursued a BCL and completed his LLM in 1999 at New York University’s School of Law where he was a Hauser Global Scholar and a Graduate Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics.

In an obituary on the Davis Polk website, it states that “Kirtee was a truly wonderful man. His optimism, warmth, honesty and wisdom were inspiring. He will be remembered as a great partner of the firm, a beloved colleague and adviser, and a steadfast friend to so many. We will miss Kirtee tremendously. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife and daughter, and we extend our most heartfelt condolences to all of his family, colleagues, friends and clients.”

Kapoor is survived by his wife and daughter who live in Menlo Park.