The history of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, a law firm headquartered at 230 Park Avenue, starts way back. One hundred years ago, “laying the foundation stone” was Walter G. Dunnington, a lawyer known for his ability to provide practical solutions to many cases.
Dunnington was a man who was held in high regard in New York and who, on his merits, earned the respect of multinational corporations, prominent personalities and, above all, his clients. It is those same values that today, a century later, carry on the firm’s work.
On the 21st floor, views of Park Avenue can be enjoyed from the large windows of the offices where Dunnington’s lawyers work. Among those same desks, partners untangle matters ranging from complex corporate transactions to litigation and arbitration. The firm, a member of the Cicero League of International Lawyers, advises a range of international clients with close ties to the United States and is currently expanding its base in the Italian market with an initiative led by partners Alan D’Ambrosio and Nicola Tegoni.
Last night, the firm celebrated its centennial in a festive atmosphere. Meticulous catering and 1920s-inspired bar service, with Bee’s Knees and Mary Pickford cocktails as the house specialties, warmed up the evening enlivened by the presence of more than 150 guests including judges, Italian and American business representatives, lawyers, diplomats, architects, and members of the New York governor’s office. There was also a Dunnington to represent the founder’s family: India Rosse, Walter’s great-granddaughter.
The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the display of the art collection on loan from the Canadian Association of New York impressed those in attendance. Beautiful paintings on display in stark contrast to the midnight blue of the walls, enhanced by designer chandeliers hard to forget for their distinctiveness.
Applause for the speech of partner Raymond J. Dowd, who in thanking the evening’s guests also recalled the firm’s commitment and successes. Over the many years of operation, those rooms have seen clients of the caliber of Mrs. Bryce–the linchpin of the Hartford A&P firm– Henry S. Phipps, partner of Andrew Carnegie, and even Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum, pass through.
Clients are growing, and with them the services offered by Dunnington, which also guarantees the expertise of its attorneys in the areas of corporate, labor and probate law, as well as intellectual property, international, real estate, immigration and nonprofit.
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