Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts

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Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts was a prominent New York law firm that traced its origins to a law partnership formed in New York in 1868. It merged with the San Francisco based law firm Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in 2001. That firm subsequently became Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in 2005.


The firm was founded in 1868 as Root & Clarke. After several name changes it was known as Winthrop & Stimson after 1898 and Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts after 1927.[1]

Notable Alumni and Employees[edit]

The firm produced many leaders in law, jurisprudence and public service. Elihu Root, one of the firm's founders and a U .S. Secretary of State; Felix Frankfurter, legal scholar and US, Supreme Court justice; and Henry L. Stimson, cabinet member under four Presidents of the United States, are among the prominent attorneys who practiced at Winthrop Stimson.


  1. ^ On Active Service in Peace and War, by Henry L. Stimson and McGeorge Bundy (Harper Brothers, 1955)