Carl Schumacher Jr Dies 17 AUG 2005

Carl J. Schumacher Jr., a New Orleans lawyer who was a founding partner of one of the city's major firms, died Monday of complications from cancer at his New Orleans home. He was 78.

A lifelong New Orleanian, Mr. Schumacher graduated from Alcée Fortier High School and received an undergraduate degree from Tulane University, where he was student body president; editor of Jambalaya, the yearbook; and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

He also received a law degree and a master's degree in law from Tulane University Law School.

While in law school, Mr. Schumacher and his partner, David Treen, won the Moot Court Competition in 1950. One of his opponents in the final round was Jack Benjamin, whom Mr. Schumacher bested again 28 years later when they argued Mobil Oil Corp. v. Higginbotham before the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices' ruling limited the amount that survivors can receive in damages when a family member dies at sea.

"He was a very forthright and positive person, strictly ethical and a very good trial lawyer," said Moise Steeg, a New Orleans lawyer who worked with Mr. Schumacher on several cases.

Mr. Schumacher was a partner in Lemle, Kelleher, Kohlmeyer, Matthews & Schumacher, now Lemle & Kelleher, until 1976. He was a founding partner of Schumacher, McGlinchey, Stafford & Mintz, now McGlinchey Stafford, but left the partnership shortly afterward to form his own law firm. In 1977, he formed Schumacher Law Corp.; his son David joined him in 1979. They practiced together until Mr. Schumacher's retirement in 1997.

Mr. Schumacher also had a strong interest in the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corp., which provides attorneys for people who cannot afford them. He was its interim director.

He was a former member of the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club.

During World War II, when he was a Navy officer in the Pacific, Mr. Schumacher was aboard the USS Oklahoma City, one of the first ships to go to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped in August 1945.

Survivors include his wife, Hazell Ann Boyce Schumacher; four sons, Dr. Steven Stone Schumacher of Lafayette, and David, Robert Priestley and Gerald Flournoy Schumacher; a sister, Jean S. Hilbert; and nine grandchildren.