Courtland Partners founder, managing principal dies at 56

Michael J. Humphrey, 56, founder and managing principal of real assets consulting firm Courtland Partners, died, confirmed Gila Cohen, senior consultant, head of corporate strategy and client relations.

He died on Tuesday. The cause of death was not known.

“We are saddened by the unexpected and sudden loss of Michael Humphrey," Ms. Cohen said. “Michael was one of the greatest intellects in the real estate industry, and to converse with him on that level was a sheer delight. He will be missed by all that knew him."

Mr. Humphrey co-founded the firm in 1995. Courtland offers real estate, infrastructure, timber and agriculture consulting services to institutional investors. Prior to forming Courtland Partners, he was a senior consultant with real asset consultant The Townsend Group for four years.

Mr. Humphrey started his career at accounting firm Ernst & Whitney, now Ernst & Young. After graduating Columbia University Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar, he joined law firm Baker & Hostetler as an associate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Department of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195.