HE was a cross-examiner with a "lethal tongue".
As the legal fraternity continued to mourn the death Friday of Senior Counsel Theodore Guerra, the Criminal Bar Association said yesterday he was a mentor to juniors of the field.
"He was a beloved member of our fraternity whose charisma, wit and passion for his profession throughout his 52-year career made him the ultimate role model for every attorney," Association president Pamela Elder SC said yesterday.
"He was an exemplary advocate, fearless, humble and respectful."
Guerra, 80, died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where he had been hospitalised for two weeks.
He underwent surgery on December 20 and did not regain consciousness.
He had been battling colon cancer.
Accolades abounded over the past two days, with Guerra being commended for his fierce loyalty to both his chosen career and to his country.
"He was a stalwart of the criminal bar and a mentor and teacher to any junior who approached him for guidance and advice," the Association said.
"His career included almost every high-profile case in the country's history. As a cross-examiner, his tongue was lethal. In his address to jurors, he was brilliant and could sway human beings from emotion to common sense and logic. He was a true patriot, our fraternity's hero."
The Association has offered condolences to his wife, children and friends.
Guerra's funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Santa Cruz Roman Catholic Church tomorrow.