November 21, 1620
- First English written contract in North America, executed
aboard the Mayflower off Cape Cod, MA; 41 men signed Mayflower
Compact: " In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are
underwriten, the loyall subjects of our dread soveraigne Lord
King James by ye grace of God, of Great Britaine, Franc, &
Ireland king, defender of ye faith, &c...."
First English written
October 4, 1636
- The General Court of the Plymouth Colony instituted legal
code, first composed in North America.
July 21, 1733
- Harvard College granted first honorary Doctor of Law degree in
U. S. to John Winthrop.
- John Wells, orphan from Otsego County, New York, started law
practice in lower Manhattan; 1818 - established
one of first law partnerships with George Washington Strong;
focused on commercial claims, litigation, maritime law, real
estate, wills; 1878 - Charles Strong headed firm;
John L. Cadwalader, former Assistant Secretary of State, joined;
catapulted Strong & Cadwalader into ranks of elite firms
representing major corporations; 1883 - George W.
Wickersham, antitrust expert, joined Firm (serve as U.S.
Attorney General under President Taft in 1909); 1889
- Henry W. Taft joined; renowned for corporate antitrust defense
work, railroad expertise (appointed Special Assistant to U.S.
Attorney for Southern District of New York in 1905); 1914
- name changed to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; 1942
- Catherine Noyes Lee made partner, first woman partner of major
Wall Street firm.
John L. Cadwalader, George W. Wickersham, Henry W. Taft
- Cadwalader, Wickersham &
- Thomas Addis Emmet began law practice in New York City;
represented Robert Fulton, John Jacob Astor; handled 45 appeals
before New York State Supreme Court; Attorney General of State
of new York during War of 1812; 1920 - Langdon P.
Martin and Franklin D. Roosevelt joined firm (FDR left in 1924
after contracting polio); 1921 - George Whitney
Martin joined firm, name changed to Emmet, Marvin & Martin.
Thomas Addis Emmet
- Asa Rice began law business in Buffalo, NY, fledgling village
on western frontier of nation; 1825
- led citizens' committee which brought western terminus of Erie
Canal to Buffalo; December 11, 1945
- law firm of Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods and Goodyear formed;
January 1, 2001 -
name shortened to Hodgson Russ LLP; Buffalo’s largest, oldest
- Orsamus H. Marshall opened law practice in
Buffalo, NY; changed to Marshall & Harvey;
1862 - Lyman K. Bass
joined firm, renamed Harvey & Bass;
1872 - Wilson S. Bissell
joined firm, renamed Bass & Bissell;
1874 - Grover Cleveland
joined, renamed Bass, Cleveland & Bissell (Cleveland left in
1881, became governor of New York);
1897 - Walter P. Cooke joined firm, renamed Bissell, Carey & Cooke;
1906 - Daniel J. Kenefick (former State Supreme Court Justice) joined practice,
created Kenefick, Cooke & Mitchell (James McCormick Mitchell);
1911 - Edward H. Letchworth (former Deputy Attorney General of
New York) joined Kenefick, Cooke, Mitchell & Bass;
George F. Phillips joined firm;
renamed Kenefick, Cooke, Mitchell, Bass & Letchworth;
William E. Lytle joined firm;
1960 - renamed Phillips,
Mahoney, Lytle, Yorkey & Letchworth; 1970 - renamed Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber
(John F. Huber joined firm in 1967);
1978 -Jamestown, NY office (via merger);
1982 - Rochester, NY
office (via merger); opened office in New York City; 1994 - Fredonia, NY office
(via merger); 2003 - name changed to
Phillips Lytle LP; 2006 - Albany,
NY office via merger); 142-year relationship with Marine Midland Bank
(established 1850, now HSBC); farthest geographic reach of any
law firm in state of New York.
Orsamus H. Marshall
- Phillips Lytle LP
1836 - Hiram
Barney, William Mulligan founded Kelley Drye &Warren.
August 19, 1841
- First set of standard bankruptcy laws; before repealed a few
years later, 33,737 people invoked newfound right to voluntarily
declare for bankruptcy.
April 29, 1845
- Macon B. Allen, Robert Morris Jr., first blacks to open
law practice; May 3, 1855
- Allen became first African-American admitted to Bar in
- Francis N. Bangs started law practice; 1880 -
Francis L. Stetson, former New York City assistant corporation
counsel, joined as partner; developed J.P. Morgan & Company
account (1901 - helped Morgan create United States Steel
Corporation and Northern Securities Company, railroad trust;
reorganized United States Rubber Company, helped establish
International Harvester Company); 1894 - formed
firm of Stetson, Jennings & Russell; 1896-1914 -
no more than 7 partners; 1919 - first real
partnership created under Allen Wardwell (joined firm as clerk
after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1898); 1920
- Frank Polk joined firm; 1921 - John W. Davis,
ambassador to Great Britain from 1918-1921, joined; renamed
Davis Polk Wardwell Gardiner & Reed (George H. Gardiner, Lansing
P. Reed); 1954 - 26 partners, called Davis Polk
Wardwell Sunderland & Kiendl (Edwin Sunderland, Theodore
Kiendl); 1964 - 37 partners; renamed Davis Polk &
Wardwell; 1998 - gross revenues of $435 million;
1999 - profits per partner of $1.61 million.
April 3, 1849 -
Frederick Billings, arrived from Vermont on April 1, rented
small office on Brenham Place to practice land law; first lawyer
in San Francisco; first customer - John A. Sutter (gold
discovered on his property ion January 24); formed partnership
with Archibald Peachy, opened an office in City Hotel on Clay
St. (at Kearny); December 31, 1849 - Henry Wager
Halleck joined firm, renamed "Halleck, Peachy & Billings,
Attorneys & Solicitors"; handled more than 800 of California's
1,400 land claim cases; 1861 - firm dissolved.
October 15, 1852
- Richard Tobin admitted to practice before Supreme Court of
California; 1875 - Robert (oldest son) joined firm
as partner; 1919 - Cyril R. Tobin (grandson) took
over; California's oldest law firm.
- Frederick H. Winston established law practice in Chicago with
Norman Judd (nominated Abraham Lincoln for President in 1860 at
Republican national Convention in Chicago),
represented railroads; 1878 -
Frederick S. Winston (son) joined firm; 1892 -
Silas H. Strawn joined firm; 1951 - name changed to Winston,
Strawn, Black & Towner; 1987 - organization
structure changed from operating committee to executive
- Frederic Rene Coudert founded Coudert Brothers in New York;
later joined by two brothers, Charles (junior) and Louis Leonce;
1879 - opened law office in Paris, believed to be
first international law practice.
- Fredrick Hampden Winston began law practice in Chicago;
1894 - Silas H. Strawn joined firm (managing partner for
40 years); 1953 -approximately 40 lawyers;
2003 - nearly 900 lawyers.
1865 - John
Codman Ropes, John Chipman Gray founded Ropes & Gray in
- Norman Williams, John Leverett Thompson formed law
partnership, Williams & Thompson, in Chicago, IL;
1892 - William
Pratt Sidley joined firm; 1900
- renamed Holt, Wheeler & Sidley;
1913 - name changed to Holt, Cutting & Sidley;
1914 - Edwin C.
Austin joined firm; Pullman, Western Electric, Illinois Steel as
clients; 1916 -
nine lawyers; 1920s
- name changed to Cutting, Moore & Sidley;
1941 - known as Sidley, McPherson,
Austin & Burgess (32 lawyers);
1950-1967 - named Sidley, Austin, Burgess &
Smith; 1967 - name
changed to Sidley & Austin (80 lawyers, half partners);
1972 - merged with
Chicago firm Leibman, Williams, Bennett, Baird & Minow; 150
lawyers; May 2001 -
merged with Brown & Wood (founded in 1914 in New York), renamed
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP;
January 2006 - name changed to Sidley Austin
- Law firm of Anderson, Adams & Young established
in New York;
1920 - Harrison Tweed became member of
Murray, Prentice & Aldrich, predecessor of Milbank;
1929 - Morris
Hadley joined firm;
April 1929 - Murray & Aldrich combined with
Webb, Patterson & Hadley, became Murray, Aldrich & Webb;
1931 - merged with
Masten & Nichols, formed Milbank, Tweed, Hope & Webb; Albert G.
Milbank, former partner in Masten & Nichols, named senior
partner; 1946 -
John J. McCloy, former partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore,
former Assistant Secretary of War from 1941-1945, joined firm;
1962 - renamed
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.
February 14, 1870
- Esther Morris became world's first female justice of the
June 30, 1870
- Ada Kepley became first female law school graduate from Union
College of Law (Northwestern), 1869-1870.
1873 - Thomas
Shearman, John W. Sterling formed partnership.
1874 - Evans
Searle (E. S.) Pillsbury opened law office in San Francisco;
1875 - William E. Green became partner, renamed
Pillsbury & Green; 1879 - David Titus replaced
Green as partner, renamed Pillsbury & Titus; 1883
- Pillsbury resigned partnership, formed Wallace, Pillsbury &
Blanding; 1895 - Alfred Sutro, Frank D. Madison
joined firm; 1898 - Horace D. Pillsbury (son),
joined; renamed E.S. Pillsbury and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro;
1904 - Alfred Sutro made partner; 1905
- renamed Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro; 1998 -
elected Mary Cranston as new chair of managing board, first
woman to lead major law firm; 2001 - merged with
Winthrop Stimson Putnam and Roberts' created bi-coastal law firm
focused on capital markets, intellectual property, finance,
energy, litigation, real estate; 2005 - merged
with Washington, DC-based Shaw Pittman (founded 1954 by Bradley
Shaw, Steuart Pittman); name changed to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw
August 21, 1878
- The American Bar Association founded in Saratoga, NY.
1879 - Algernon
Sydney Sullivan, William Nelson Cromwell founded Sullivan &
Cromwell; 1882 - involved in formation of Edison
General Electric Company; 1902 - involved in
formation of United States Steel Corporation.
February 15, 1879
- President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female
attorneys to argue cases before Supreme Court.
March 3, 1879
- Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became first woman admitted to
practice before U.S. Supreme Court.
1881 - Alexander
F. Morrison became associated with San Francisco firm of Cope &
Boyd; 1883 - with colleague Thomas V. O'Brien
formed firm of O'Brien & Morrison; 1890 -
Constantine E.A. Foerster, William R. Daingerfield became
associated with firm, name changed to O'Brien, Morrison, &
Daingerfield; 1892 - Morrison and Foerster
dissolved firm, commenced practice of law under name of Morrison
& Foerster; 1975 - name made permanent after 14
- Robert M.
Fitzgerald opened Oakland legal practice in two-room office on
Broadway in downtown Oakland, CA; 1895 - Carl H. Abbott became junior
partner; 1900 - formed partnership with Donald Y.
Campbell, E.S. Fowler; moved practice to San Francisco;
1906 - earthquake, fire precipitated Fitzgerald and
Abbott's return to Oakland; 1908 - Charles A.
Beardsley became associate; 1913 - made
partner; name changed to Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley; oldest
law firm in continuous existence in East Bay area, one of oldest
firms in California.
Carl H. Abbott -
Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley (http://www.fablaw.com/fabcelebrates125/images/1891.jpg)
- John R.
Jarboe, former general counsel for German Savings and Loan
Society (later part of First Interstate Bank of California)
founded Jarboe, Harrison & Goodfellow; 1891 -
partnership dissolved; 1901 - W. S. Goodfellow
formed new partnership with Charles Eells, Goodfellow & Eells;
1910 - William H. Orrick joined firm; 1914
- Stanley Moore joined, name changed to Goodfellow, Eells, Moore
& Orrick; 1927 - Ralph Palmer, Tom Dahlquist,
George Herrington, Mitchell Neff became partners; 1932
- Eric Sutcliffe joined firm; 1947 - became
managing partner; 1980 - name changed to Orrick,
Herrington and Sutcliffe.
Orrick - Orrick, Herrington
and Sutcliffe (http://www.orrick.com/img/about-hist-WHO.gif)
January 2, 1885
- Jackson A. Graves (32), Henry W. O'Melveny (26) entered into
written agreement; established law firm of Graves & O'Melveny;
later named O'Melveny &Myers in Los Angeles.
1890 - John D.
Bicknell, Walter Trask formed law firm; 1897
- Judge James Gibson joined firm; became Gibson, Dunn &
- Emanuel S. Heller opened law practice at 124 Sansome Street,
Room 30 in San Francisco; 1896 - partnership
of Heller & Powers formed; 1905 - Sidney Ehrman
entered partnership, renamed
Heller, Powers & Ehrman; 1921 - Jerome White and
Florence McAuliffe joined partnership, renamed Heller, Ehrman,
White & McAuliffe; 1929 - McAuliffe negotiated
financing for construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay
Bridge; 1937 - White served as Golden Gate Bridge
District's General Counsel, arranged for the bonds to carry
project; 1969 - took on Parisi v. Davidson case
pro bono, successfully argued in U.S. Supreme Court, defined
rights of conscientious objectors during Vietnam War; 2003
- The American Lawyer recognized firm as one of Top 20 "A-List"
law firms in the U.S.
- George Wharton Pepper joined law practice of Bayard Henry
on Walnut Street in Philadelphia; 1922 - Pepper
appointed to United States Senate to fill unexpired term of
Senator Boies Penrose; 1954 - merged with Evans,
Bayard & Frick, renamed Pepper, Bodine, Frick, Scheetz
&Hamilton; 1960 - merged with Moffett, Frye
&Leopold (first female partner, Roberta P. McKinney); 1992
- Barbara W. Mather elected firm’s first executive
partner; among first women to become chief executive of major
law firm in United States.
1893 - Amos Burt (A.B.) Thompson
admitted to Ohio Bar, established commercial law practice in
downtown Cleveland; went into partnership with Charles P. Hine;
1911 - Walter L.
Flory joined firm, name changed to Thompson, Hine and Flory;
2001 - name changed
to Thompson Hine; 2011
- nearly 400 lawyers.
Amos Burt (A.B.) Thompson
- Thompson Hine
March 1, 1893
- Judge Edwin J. Blandin, William Lowe Rice founded Blandin &
Rice law firm in Cleveland, OH;
1900 - Frank Ginn joined firm; name changed to
Blandin, Rice & Ginn; 1911
- Thomas H. Jones joined firm; 1912
- Thomas H. Hogsett joined firm; renamed Blandin, Hogsett & Ginn;
1913 - Sheldon H.
Tolles, John E. Morley joined partnership; renamed Tolles,
Hogsett, Ginn & Morley; 1927
- renamed Tolles, Hogsett & Ginn; John Reavis as head of tax
department; January 1, 1939
- merged with Day, Young, Veach & LeFever (Luther Day,
Cleveland); renamed Jones, Day, Cockley & Reavis;
1946 - opened first
office outside of Ohio in Washington, DC (3 lawyers);
1957 - Richard
Pogue joined firm; 1974
- renamed Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue (managing partner
May 1, 1894
- Stephen Ostrom Edwards formed law partnership with Walter F.
Angell in Providence, RI; 2005
- merged with Palmer & Dodge LLP; renamed Edwards Angell Palmer
& Dodge; 2008 - merged with London-based Kendall
Freeman (40-attorney firm with specialties in dispute
resolution, litigation, contentious and regulatory insurance,
reinsurance; more than 550 attorneys in 13 offices;
October 1, 2011 -
merged with Chicag0-based Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon;
renamed Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (14-office,
Stephen O. Edwards - Edwards & Angell
- Edwin T. Cooper founded law firm in San Francisco at the
Crocker Building at Post, Montgomery and Market Streets;
represented contractors, manufacturers, maritime interests;
1920s - formed
partnership with Charles T. White; renamed Cooper & White;
1930 - Sheldon G.
Cooper (son) joined firm; 1933
- renamed Cooper, White & Cooper; 1950s - firm's range of
services expanded to longstanding clients (Metropolitan
Stevedore Company, Continental Air Lines, The Chronicle
Publishing Company, San Francisco Newspaper Agency, Roseville
Telephone Company); 1996
- 60 attorneys; spectrum of clients in telecommunications,
publishing, television, aviation, healthcare, high technology,
commercial finance, marine transportation, real estate,
construction, homebuilding, manufacturing, sales, services,
hospitality, nonprofit organizations, tourism.
- Cornick, Wright & Frantz was formed with offices in downtown
Knoxville, TN; by 1912
- added Charles M. Seymour, Thomas G. McConnell, Robert M.
McConnell; 1920 -
name changed to Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP; never have had
more than 20 attorneys.
- Frank Hogan started law firm in Washington, DC; 1925
- Nelson T. Hartson, former solicitor of internal revenue,
joined firm; renamed Hogan & Hartson.
- Frank Rockwell, former Summit County (OH) prosecuting
attorney, Charles T. Grant, his assistant, established law
partnership of Rockwell & Grant; 1921 - Lisle M.
Buckingham, Judge C.R. Grant, Joseph Thomas formed law
partner-ship of Grant, Thomas & Buckingham; 1929 -
Buckingham's firm merged; renamed Rockwell, Grant, Thomas &
Buckingham; January 1934 - Gillum H. Doolittle,
attorney for twenty-five years, recruited to into partnership to
replace Grant; 1943 - Thomas became Firestone’s
general counsel; Edmund Burroughs joined firm, name changed to
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs; 1977 - firm
incorporated, name changed to Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs,
A Legal Professional Association; June 1996 -
became partnership again, renamed Buckingham, Doolittle &
July 1, 1918
Richard Hale, Dudley Dorr founded Hale & Dorr.
January 1, 1919 -
Edward B. Burling (Chicago lawyer), J. Harry Covington (former
Maryland Congressman and Judge) founded Covington & Burling
in Washington, DC; 1930s
- renamed Covington, Burling, Rublee, Acheson & Shorb (George
Rublee, former Brandeis clerk named Dean Acheson; shortened to
Covington & Burling few years later);
1960 - 100 lawyers;
1974-1975 - Virginia Watkin, Wes
Williams named firm's first woman, African American partners;
1980 - 200 lawyers;
1999 - merged with
Howard, Smith & Levin (60 lawyers);
2011 - more than 800 lawyers in 8
1919 - R. C.
Fulbright (railway regulation expert), J. H. Crooker (litigator
and former district attorney) founded law firm in Union National
Bank Building in Houston, TX; 1924
- John Freeman joined firm, renamed Fulbright, Crooker &
Freeeman; 1927 -
opened Washington office; 1931
- Leon Jaworski joined firm; 1944 - Jaworski assigned to war
crimes branch of Judge Advocates General Corps (responsible for
investigating German crimes in American zone);
1945 - merged with
Gresham, McCorqudale, Martin & Buck (expanded oil and gas
practice); 1952 -
named Jaworski managing partner (succeeded Crooker);
1973 - Jaworski
succeeded Archibald Cox as Watergate Special Prosecutor;
1974 - Jaworski
rejoined firm, renamed Fulbright &
Jaworski; 1989 -
merged with Reavis & McGrath; 2009
- one of largest international law firms in U.S.
January 29, 1926
- Violette Neatley Anderson became first African-American woman
admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court.
July 26, 1926
- National Bar
January 1934 -
Dana Latham, Paul R. Watkins (former general counsel for Pacific
Finance Corporation) established law practice in Los
Angeles, CA; 1972 - opened first office outside
LA, in Orange County, CA; 1983 - 237 attorneys;
July 1999 - nation's fourth-largest law firm, gross
revenues of $502 million, seventeenth in revenues per lawyer
($605,000); 2007 - more than 2,100 attorneys
in 24 offices around world; generated gross revenue over $2
billion, highest figure ever reported for U. S.-based law firm;
profit per partner of $2.37. million ($1.86 million in 2006).
July 22, 1939
- Fiorello LaGuardia, Mayor of New York City, appointed Jane
Matilda Bolin (31) first black woman judge; justice of the
Domestic Relations Court (renamed the Family Court in 1962),
served with distinction for 40 years.
- Robert S. Strauss, Richard A. Gump left FBI, opened Gump &
Strauss law firm in Dallas, TX; 1950 - Irving L.
Goldberg and William joined firm, name changed to Goldberg,
Fonville, Gump, Strauss & Hauer; 1966 - Henry D.
Akin joined firm, Irving L. Goldberg resigned after being
appointed to U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit; name of
20-lawyer firm changed to Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.
1948 - Marshall
Skadden, John Slate, Les Arps opened law firm; 1961
- name changed to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
January 12, 1948
- The Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate
against law-school applicants because of race.
August 30, 1961
- J B Parsons first African American judge of a U.S. District
and Dorr LLP merged with Washington firm of Wilmer Cutler
152-year-old Coudert Brothers (first American law firm to open
offices in London, Singapore, Moscow) announced it intended to
break apart; result of unfocused growth, unprofitable overseas
expansion, loss of partners to other firms.
2007 - Latham &
Watkins generated gross revenue over $2 billion, highest figure
ever reported for U. S.-based law firm; profit per partner of
$2.37. million ($1.86 million in 2006).
June 22, 2008 -
Decades-old conflict over rules governing civil lawsuits;
2005 - federal legislation made it harder to file
class-action lawsuits in state courts (judges, juries perceived
as hostile to business); 2007 - number of
megaverdicts (more than $100 million) dropped to 2 from 27
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