On March 17th, 2018, the Maryland legal community lost one of their greatest members. John Robert (“JR”) Francomano, III, was an incredible lawyer and even better friend and person.
I met JR as an intern with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s office in 2005. After leaving New Orleans as a refugee from the floods of Katrina, I landed in Baltimore as an intern with the State’s Attorney’s office.
JR along with Rob Tully were the two lawyers I was assigned to watch, observe and learn how things were done. They taught me more than just the law, they showed me how to enjoy life and laugh at myself as well as everything around us.
JR graduated high school from Boys Latin and then Washington College. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with his J.D. in 1998.
He was an assistant State’s Attorney for Harford County from 1999 to 2000 and then joined the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s office where he ascended to Chief of the narcotics unit in 2007.
In 2008 he began private practice with his father.
In my early days of private practice, JR was always there to help and offer assistance or a conference room or just a smile when I stopped by his office.
He was a fantastic golfer and a better storyteller on the links where I seemed to laugh more than hit a straight shot.
I have only great memories when I think about JR and the time we spent together becoming friends.
Losing JR was a shock to everyone and I know that we will all miss his enthusiasm for life and the great friendship he gave to all of us.