Peter J. Tucci of Fox Rothschild Elected to Board of Directors of Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

February 2, 2011 – Press Releases

Peter J. Tucci, a partner in the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc. The foundation was created by former Philadelphia 76ers player Dikembe Mutombo in 1997 to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Tucci has had a long-standing commitment to the foundation since he first saw it profiled on “60 Minutes” a decade ago. One of the focal points of the foundation’s mission at the time was the construction of a modern hospital for the Congolese people. Tucci was deeply moved by the foundation’s efforts and asked guests at his 40th birthday party in 2001 to donate to the foundation money they might otherwise spend on a present. He raised more than $10,000 in funds—money that went toward what would ultimately open in 2007 as the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Centre in Mutombo’s hometown of Kinshasa. Tucci also began providing free legal advice to the foundation in its efforts to get the construction of that medical facility off the ground.

“Dikembe may be known locally for his aptitude on a basketball court, but he is known around the world for his humanitarian efforts, and it has been my honor to assist him in fulfilling his mission,” said Tucci. “I am delighted to be elected as a member of the board of directors of the foundation. The foundation emphasizes primary health care and disease prevention and promotes health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo. The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Centre—a modern health care facility that has saved thousands of lives—has treated nearly 60,000 patients since opening its doors and has revolutionized the provision of health care to the Congolese people.”

Mutombo’s humanitarian efforts include not only his donation of more than $18 million in construction costs for the hospital, but also NBA-sponsored basketball clinics for children, acting as a spokesman for CARE and administering polio vaccines to newborns as part of the polio eradication campaign in the Congo. In 2004, Mutombo also joined with Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2, to launch the ONE CAMPAIGN, an effort to rally Americans to help fight global AIDS and poverty. The campaign kicked off in Philadelphia to a crowd of about 4,000 who gathered for a rally featuring music, dance, prayer and speeches by a diverse group of activists, including Mutombo.

Tucci and Mutombo are both alumni of Georgetown University, where Mutombo played basketball under legendary Hoyas head coach John Thompson, Jr. only a few years after Tucci completed his undergraduate studies there in 1983. Mutombo attended Georgetown on an academic scholarship after arriving in the United States in 1987. Despite his success on the college court, Mutombo was not considering a career in the NBA. He instead had dreams of becoming a doctor and returning to the Congo to help the people in his native land. However, after earning Big East defensive player of the year honors as a senior, Mutombo was drafted by the Denver Nuggets and went on to an NBA career that lasted more than 18 years. Mutombo was once named by FOXSports as the most generous professional athlete and has been inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Tucci is co-chair of the International Practice Group at Fox Rothschild and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, its governing body. He works out of the firm’s offices in Philadelphia, Warrington (Bucks County) and Princeton, NJ.

During his career, Tucci has worked on several hundred corporate transactions. He provides general corporate representation to many public and private companies, with a particular focus on advising European companies on entering the United States market.

In 2005, the President of the Republic of France, Jacques Chirac, bestowed upon Tucci the title of Chevalier (Knight) of the French Legion of Honor. The French Legion of Honor, which was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, recognizes eminent service to the Republic of France and is the country's most prestigious award.

Tucci is very active in the community. He serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of The Pennington School, a private, secondary school located near Princeton, NJ, and serves as president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Tucci sits on the Pennsylvania Advisory Board of HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as well as the board of directors of London Life Reinsurance Company.

Tucci earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986 and his B.S.F.S. in 1983 from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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