Carter Ledyard & Milburn
|Headquarters||2 Wall Street
New York City
|No. of offices||2|
|No. of attorneys||about 100|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP is a New York City law firm. It has more than 100 attorneys with offices in New York and Washington, D.C.. The firm was founded in 1854 by Henry Scudder and James C. Carter.
The founding partners, along with Henry’s younger brother Townsend, who subsequently joined the firm, practiced together for twenty years until 1874, when Townsend Scudder died. Henry Scudder and Carter continued the partnership for twelve more years until 1886, when Scudder died. In the meantime, Lewis Cass Ledyard had joined the firm as an associate in 1875, and was admitted as a partner in 1881. Upon Scudder’s death the firm became Carter & Ledyard (1886–1888); when Daniel G. Rollins ended his term as Surrogate of New York County he joined the firm, which became known as Carter, Rollins & Ledyard (1888–1889), and when Rollins retired a year later, it became Carter & Ledyard again (1889–1904) and finally Carter, Ledyard & Milburn in 1904, when John G. Milburn became a partner.
When John G. Milburn joined the firm in 1904, there were three partners, Lewis Cass Ledyard, Edmund L. Baylies and George A. Miller, and two associates, Walter F. Taylor and Joseph W. Welsh, a total of five lawyers.
In New York, Milburn was consulted by many clients, corporate and individual, and was engaged in several important lawsuits. Conspicuous among these was the suit instituted by the United States in 1906, under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, against The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. Milburn, along with Joseph Welsh and Walter Taylor, worked for many years on this landmark case which was finally decided by the Supreme Court in May 1911. The story in the office is that not long after Milburn came to New York he attended a large banquet and sat next to John Archibald, who was the executive head of the Standard Oil Company. That evening John G. made such an impression on Archibald that the firm of CL&M was retained as one of the counsel for the defense in the Government’s anti-trust case.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt was once an associate.
- Renato Beghe, a senior judge of the United States Tax Court.
- Devereux Milburn, son of John G. Milburn, and champion polo player.
- John Teele Pratt, a corporate attorney, philanthropist, music impresario, and financier.
- John M. Walker, Jr., a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Frank Wisner, a head of Office of Strategic Services operations in southeastern Europe at the end of World War II.