Reilly Atkinson IV, attorney, loving husband of Colleen, devoted father of Anne 15, Katherine 14, and Erin 9, died on March 15 at the age of 49. He fought a courageous five year battle with colon cancer. A graduate of the University of Washington and University of San Diego Law School, he was a partner and trial attorney with Yuhl & Atkinson LLP in Marina Del Rey, California, litigating, writing and speaking on habitability, personal injury, employment and business claims. A life-long athlete, he excelled in track and field, baseball, skiing, golf and tennis and was coach to his daughters' softball teams. A gifted musician, he performed in bands as guitarist and lyricist and produced and recorded four CDs of original music. In addition to his wife and daughters in Manhattan Beach, Ca., Reilly is survived by his father Reilly Atlkinson III of Seattle, mother Allegra A. Willison and her husband Tom of Incline Village, NV, brothers Benjamin Atkinson of Basking Ridge, NJ, and Tremaine Atkinson of Chicago. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Premiere Oncology Foundation, Attention Robbie Gluckson, 2020 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 600, Santa Monica, Ca. 90404. A Memorial Mass will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 1:30PM with a reception to follow at American Martyrs Blessed Kateri Room. Interment services will be private.

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  1. Colleen, We are so very sorry for your loss. Reilly can be proud that he leaves behind a beautiful family. He was taken from you way too soon. Our sincerest condolences. Love, Rita and Don

  2. My heart aches for all of you. Reilly was an exceptional guy. I know how much he meant to my little brother, Chris. He will always be remembered for his wonderful smile and love of life.

  3. Dear Colleen, I am flooded with memories of the early days with Reilly. Remember how he showed up on Super Bowl Sunday to move us into the apartment on Franklin? Or how he toasted me on my 30th with a boiled egg recipe? My heart aches for you and the girls. x, Laura Carney Paradis

  4. Colleen, my heart goes out to you and the girls. I loved talking to Reilly. He was always so respectful and interested. I don’t recall any small talk with Reilly…he cut to the chase immediately.

  5. Our sincerest condolences. Reilly was an exceptional lawyer and a true friend. We’ll miss him, as will everyone who knew him.

  6. Dearest Colleen, Please know that you, Annie, Katie and Erin are in our constant thoughts and prayers. There are so many wonderful memories. We miss you and love you dearly. Cat Jb Eliz and Ava

  7. Dear Colleen, Annie, Katie, and Erin, You are in our thought and prayers. We fondly remember Reilly singing for us. He will live on through your wonderful family. Love, Mary, Paul and Eleanor.

  8. Dear Colleen, Our thoughts are with you and the girls. Reilly was a genuine stand-up guy. All our love – John, Lucinda, JB, Lizzy, Ava & Stefan

  9. Great memories of Reilly signing Tambourine Man at Silver Cloud Karaoke, to trips to Big Game and waxing philisophical atop your Russian Hill rooftop on how to cook chicken and the view of the GG Bridge, pursing lips and nodding. I hear his music now, Trotsky and Lilies in the Springtime…Godspeed !!

  10. Colleen, Annie, Katie and Erin, A few things that I will always remember about Reilly: he loved the Beatles (though I debated with him that The Dead was a better band); he loved his steak well done (though I tried to convince him that medium rare was a better choice); and most of all he loved all of you very much. Needless to say the conversation was always lively. He was one-of-a-kind. My thoughts are with you. Love, Peter

  11. A bright star passes too quickly through the heavens… Our deepest sympathy to Colleen and the girls. Rich & Pat St. Clair

  12. Colleen: A HUGE hug to you and the girls. I am so sorry I could not make the service but please know that I have been praying for you all day. I will always remember Reilly for showing us college girls how a man really loves a woman. My dear Colleen, what a gift he turned out to be. baci boo

  13. Colleen, Annie, Katie & Erin, The fact that we’re now 3000 miles away doesn’t lessen our heartfelt condolences for you. We have the fondest memory of Reilly at your wedding where he rocked out with his bandmates and brothers. He really knew how to have fun. Someday we’ll know why he had to leave so early..but he is in God’s grasp now. We hope you’ll find comfort knowing he will always be with you.

  14. Mrs. Atkinson and Family, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I had the great pleasure of working with Reilly at Yuhl, Rhames and Atkinson for the last 9 years as his investigator. Reilly introduced me to the firm and we have had a great working relationship ever since. Reilly was just a good guy and will be truly missed.

  15. Dear Colleen: I was so saddened to hear the news about Reilly. I worked with him at Long & Levit where he made each day filled with laughter and fun. In 2003 he and Robert Romero put on a mock trial for the Association of Legal Administrators at a Conference I hosted in San Diego. He was so gracious to do this and do so without any compensation. All the best to you Colleen at this difficult time. Betsy

  16. Dear Colleen and Girls: I am so sad. You father and I were fantasy football partners for nearly 20 years. I met both he and your mom when I was a young lawyer a Long & Levit. Your Father touched the lives of many. I believe he will watch over you always. I lost my Father when I was young, but speak to him often, and still seek his guidance in good times and bad. Live life as he would have wanted. Reilly lived a life of joy and laughter. I will miss him. Robert Romero

  17. Colleen and Girls, I read of Reilly’s passing in today’s BR with such a heavy heart. Although we only knew Reilly a little bit through our short-lived supper club, Mike and I enjoyed his warmth, sense of humor and intelligent, witty conversation more than I can say. We are so very sad for your loss and will keep you all in our prayers. I feel so helpless as to what to say but hope it helps to know that he made a great impact on even those who only spent brief times with him.

  18. Dear Atkinson Family, I had no idea…was reading the beach reporter and there it was, very shocking news…I cannot begin to express my sympathy to all of you. Although I didn’t know Reilly as much as I knew his family, I will always remember his smile and love of sports and how much he is loved. My thoughts and prayers are with him and all of you…the way I see it, he passed on to a new existence as pure loving energy and is with you anytime you think of him… Tons of hugs and love, Shereen Lavi

  19. I was lucky enough to work with Reilly for a number of years at Long & Levit in San Francisco. What a wonderful person and a fine lawyer. What I most treasured was Reilly’s incredible sense of humor – he was unquestionably the most legendary prankster ever to grace our firm with his mischievous presence. My deepest condolences to Reilly’s family and friends over this terrible loss.

  20. I met Reilly several times way back in the 80’s when Allegra was living in Portland. He was an extremely nice and fun loving person. I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Elizabeth Vranizan

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