Asa Rountree III
Rountree was the son of Asa Rountree, Jr. He attended the public schools in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery and graduated from the Capitol Page School in Washington D. C. after serving as a page to the U. S. Supreme Court. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Rountree began his law practice in Birmingham in 1954 and became a partner in the firm of Cabaniss & Johnson and served as president of the Birmingham Junior Bar Association. He also was vice president of the Family Counseling Association and served on the budget committee for the Community Chest of Birmingham.
In 1962 Rountree moved to New York, New York and became a partner and corporate litigator in the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. He was active in the American Bar Association and founded its litigation section, which he chaired in 1980–81. He retired in 1991 and moved back to Birmingham as a shareholder in Maynard, Cooper & Gale, leaving that firm in 2000.
Rountree cultivated a lifelong scholarly interest in ancient Roman history. He wrote and published The Roman Republic: An Historical Parallel?, Human Nature, Morality and the State, and Words: Essays and Other Words.
- "Weddings; Helen Updike, Asa Rountree" (October 11, 1998) The New York Times
- "Asa Rountree" obituary (February 14, 2010) The New York Times