Peter P. Mullen ’51 LL.B.
October 15, 2011
Peter P. Mullen ’51 LL.B. was an executive partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom who played a pivotal role in transforming Skadden into one of the world’s leading law firms. He passed away on October 15, 2011, at the age of 83.
Mullen was born in Manhattan in 1928 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1948. After graduating from Columbia Law School, he practiced for nine years at Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York City. Mullen joined Skadden in 1961 and became managing partner in 1967, taking over the firm’s business operations.
Mullen was officially named Skadden’s first executive partner in 1981, but he had served in that position in an informal capacity for several years prior to the appointment.
During Mullen’s tenure at the firm, Skadden also became a dominant force in the field of corporate takeovers and opened 14 offices worldwide.
In 1988, Mullen and fellow partner Joseph Flom helped establish the widely respected Skadden Fellowship Foundation, which sponsors public interest fellowships for graduating law students at organizations providing legal services to disadvantaged segments of society.
Mullen is survived by his wife, Billie; sons Peter and Jeff; and daughters Kirby, Elaine, and Lucy; as well as nine grandchildren.