COUDERT BROTHERS: A Legacy in Law: the History of AmericaÕs First International Law Firm, 1853-1993.

Veenswijk, Virginia Kays; with an introduction by Louis Auchincloss.

ISBN 10: 0525935851 / ISBN 13: 9780525935858
Published by New York: Truman Talley Books / Dutton, (1994.) dj, 1994
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A history of one of the United States' oldest law firms, one which now has branches all over the world and whose story paralleled the growth of the US from a frontier country to a world power. Introduction by Louis Auchincloss. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by a descendant of the founders of the firm, Coralie Coudert Willert, "To - - whose interest in all things historical helps keep alive our current humanity. Enjoy" and dated in 1995 (she also underlined the name of Louis Leonce Coudert, 1836-1882 on page ix where a family tree appears, and noted "my great grandfather." Photographs, sources and notes, Index. ix, 448 p Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 47880

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Title: COUDERT BROTHERS: A Legacy in Law: the ...

Publisher: New York: Truman Talley Books / Dutton, (1994.) dj

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Portrays the evolution of America's legal profession as reflected in one of its first international law firms

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Engrossing corporate history of the Manhattan-based Coudert Brothers--the prototype of today's far-flung international law firms. Coudert Brothers began as an anomaly: a New York law firm with an international practice founded at a time (1857) of American provincialism and isolation, and composed of devout Catholics in a predominantly Protestant country with widespread anti-Catholic sentiment. Still, Coudert Brothers thrived and even achieved prominence representing Spanish and French corporate and individual clients. The original Coudert brothers (Frederic Ren‚, Charles, and Louis Leonce) were sons of Charles Coudert, a Bonapartist who escaped a Bourbon prison to flee to New York in 1822. While thoroughly American in many ways--Frederic Ren‚ even became an important leader in the New York State Democratic party--the Coudert sons were also fluent in French and Spanish, and had a sensitivity to ‚migr‚ communities, traits leading to their quickly developing a successful practice in the New York and federal courts in admiralty, estates, and general civil litigation. Veenswijk describes Frederic Ren‚'s participation in several important international arbitrations, including an unsuccessful attempt by the US government to condemn British exploitation of Siberian seals, and its mediation of a border dispute between Britain and Venezuela. By the 1890's, Coudert Brothers was a ``giant among law firms'' and a family business with continuity; on the death of Charles Coudert, Jr., in 1897 and Frederic Ren‚ in 1903, foster brother Paul Fuller and Frederic Ren‚, Jr., assumed the mantle. Veenswijk describes the explosive growth of the firm under Frederic, Jr., and his son, Alexis Coudert. While law practice changed dramatically in the century that followed--by Alexis' death in 1980, the practice of law was a high-pressure, round-the-clock business--Veenswijk shows that the firm's humane, civilized character, excellence in international law practice, and devotion to quality survived. An absorbing history of one of America's great law firms. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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