Carter Ledyard & Milburn

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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Carter Ledyard & Milburn
Headquarters 2 Wall Street
New York City
No. of offices 2
No. of attorneys about 100
Major practice areas General practice
Revenue NA
Date founded 1854 (1854)
Founder Henry Scudder
James C. Carter
Lewis Cass Ledyard
John G. Milburn
Company type LLP

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP (formerly Scudder & Carter, Carter, Rollins & Ledyard, Carter & Ledyard) is a New York City law firm. It has more than 100 attorneys with two offices in lower and midtown Manhattan, New York.[1] The firm was founded in 1854 by Henry Scudder and James C. Carter.[2]


The founding partners, along with Henry's younger brother Townsend Scudder, who subsequently joined the firm, practiced together for twenty years until 1874, the year Townsend died as Scudder & Carter.[3] 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.[2][3][4]

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.[2][5]

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.[2] 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.[2][6]

Present day[edit]

Today, the firm advises corporate clients on a range of topics,[7] including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, financings, and joint ventures and private equity, hedge funds, mezzanine, debt and distressed funds in their investment activities,[8][9] how donated art works can be handled.[10] They have advised various clients including The Cooper Companies in their bid to acquire PARAGARD from Teva Pharmaceutical.[11] The firm also represents the three plaintiff's, Mikhail Fridman, Pyotr Aven, German Khan who are Russian bank executives and owners of Russia’s largest private commercial bank, Alfa-Bank, who filed a defamation suit "against the research firm behind the famous Trump 'dossier' that alleges links between Russia and Trump campaign associates."[12][13]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Ellis, Francis M.; Clark, Edward F. (1988). A Brief History of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, From 1854 to 1988: Including Some Whimsical Tales About The Firm And Its People. P.E. Randall. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Martin, George Whitney (1970). Causes and Conflicts: The Centennial History of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1870-1970. Fordham Univ Press. p. 174. ISBN 9780823217359. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  4. ^ McInerney, Kathleen Langdon-Haven (2010). Dear Nell: The True Story of the Haven Sisters. Kathleen McInerney. p. 323. ISBN 9780615399164. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  5. ^ New York (State) Legislature Senate (1913). Documents of the Senate of the State of New York. Albany, NY. p. 490. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Anthony Kot, VS. Crouse-Hinds Company. State of New York Court of Appeals. 1953. p. 85. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Dalton, Brian (2007). Vault Guide to the Top New York Law Firms. Vault Inc. p. 44. ISBN 9781581315004. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  8. ^ Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP (February 3, 2016). "Ronald R. Jewell Joins Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP As Partner". Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Knaub, Kelly (June 8, 2015). "NY-Based Carter Ledyard & Milburn Adds Litigation Partner - Law360". Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Parnass, Larry (October 14, 2017). "Berkshire Museum: Art auction legal issues draw focus". The Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  11. ^ The Cooper Companies, Inc. (September 11, 2017). "The Cooper Companies Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire PARAGARD® IUD From Teva". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  12. ^ Eakin, Britain (5 October 2017). "Russian Bankers Say Dossier on Trump Defamed Them". Courthouse News. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  13. ^ Quinn, Melissa (May 27, 2017). "BuzzFeed sued by Russian bank owners for publishing dossier". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  14. ^ Hill, Nancy Peterson (2014). A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark. University of Missouri Press. pp. 12–13 (parents), 20–21 (Frankfurter), 27–28 (Friendly), 35 (marriage), 85 (Corporation), 86 (Conant), 185–186 (Sohn), 189 (honorary degree), 214–215 (Sohn). Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  15. ^ Hill, Nancy Peterson (2014). A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark. University of Missouri Press. ISBN 9780826273192. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Scott, Peter Dale (2007). The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America. University of California Press. p. 278. ISBN 9780520929944. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  17. ^ Panchyk, Richard (2007). Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities. Chicago Review Press. p. 20. ISBN 9781613740439. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  18. ^ Coker, Jeffrey W. (2005). Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Biography. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 10. ISBN 9780313323379. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 

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