Hopkins & Sutter
Hopkins & Sutter was a Chicago-based law firm that practiced from 1921 to 2000, when it merged with Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner. The firm was established by Albert Hopkins and Harry Sutter. Hopkins had worked for two years at the Interstate Commerce Commission and for one year with the predecessor to the Internal Revenue Service while Sutter was tax counsel to the Guaranty Trust Company of New York. In 1923 the firm opened an office in Washington, D.C.. Hopkins also operated an office in Detroit, Michigan. The firm was known for its expertise in tax, insurance, public policy and transportation finance work.
In 1990, current U.S. President Barack Obama was a summer associate in the Chicago office.
Hopkins & Sutter acquired the lobbying and public policy boutique Leonard, Ralston in 1997.
The firm merged with Foley & Lardner in 2000 and all of its 130 attorneys joined that national firm, though many partners have since departed in the years following the merger.
Notable attorneys and professionals
- Samuel K. Skinner, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and White House Chief of Staff
- Barack Obama, summer associate in the 1990 class
- Jerris Leonard, former Wisconsin politician and lobbyist