With great sadness, we mourn the death of retired partner H. Randall (Randy) Stoke, who passed away on Friday, February 28.
Randy joined the firm directly after graduating from University of California’s Boalt Hall (now UC Berkeley Law) in 1955 and quickly established a preeminent practice in the burgeoning area of land use law. He went on to become one of the most influential lawyers in both Los Angeles and more broadly throughout California, and was considered an instrumental player in such iconic real estate projects as the birth of Century City, California; the Getty Museum complex; and Warner Center.
Known for his bright personality and affability, as well as his true belief in human connections with both colleagues and opposing counsel alike, he will be greatly missed.
H. Randall Stoke retired from Partnership on July 31, 1994, after practicing law in the firm's Los Angeles office since 1955. His practice focused on land use and entitlements, as well as general real estate law and local governmental and administrative law matters. Mr. Stoke was instrumental in providing the legal aspects for the initial development of Century City and Warner Center. He was also actively involved in the development of the new Getty Museum complex. Los Angeles Magazine has listed him among the fifty most influential people in Los Angeles.
Mr. Stoke has served as a member and past trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and has served as president of the Junior Barristers. An active member of his community, he has served as director of the Los Angeles Central City Association, the Los Angeles Headquarters City Association, and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. He was also a director of the Museum of Science and Industry Foundation. Mr. Stoke is past president of the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association and has received the PTA Honorary Service Award and Continuing Award. In addition, he is a past member of the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Council Boy Scouts of America. He was active in area youth soccer programs and a member of The Rotary Club of Arcadia.