Founded and headquartered on Wall Street since 1854, Carter
Ledyard & Milburn is through and through a New York City law
firm. The firm prides itself on its self-described "can do," "get
the deal done" philosophy.
Of Names and Presidents
Carter Ledyard & Milburn wasn't always known as such. Like a
celebrity or a hurricane, the firm has gone through many name
changes. Originally named Scudder and Carter after founders James
Coolidge Carter and Henry J. Scudder, the firm became Carter and
Ledyard with Lewis Cass Ledyard's arrival and ascension to partner
in 1881 and Scudder's death in 1886. Eventually, Carter and Ledyard
welcomed John C. Milburn to become Carter Ledyard & Milburn. A
stint as an associate here was part of President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt's career path. Carter Ledyard is still making history,
the firm recently appointed its first female Managing Partner,
Judith A. Lockhart, in its 150-year history.
Committed to the City
As a historically New York City firm, Carter Ledyard remains
committed to its home base. The firm helped to refinance bonds as
part of the World Trade Center Project to rebuild Ground Zero,
counseled the Battery Park City Corporation in the renovation of
one of the only historic piers left in Manhattan and has done pro
bono work for New Yorkers for Parks regarding land protection
issues. Several partners and associates have been elected to and
serve on city and environmental boards, including the New York City
Audubon Society, the Bronx River Alliance and the Eastchester Board
of Fire Commissioners.
Though the firm's New York roots run deep, it is committed to
the U.S. on the global stage as well. Its Gateway to
America program offers legal counsel to corporations in
countries such as Israel, India, Russia and Barbados that want to
conduct business in the U.S.
Let Us Be Your Partner
With just over 100 attorneys and a near 1:1 partner to associate
ratio, Carter Ledyard emphasizes quality over quantity. All cases
are handled by a partner and one or more associates, a strategy
that hasn't gone unrecognized: the firm placed in the National
Law Journal's "Midsize Hot List" three years in a row as one
of the top twenty midsize law firms in the nation.
Gold Medals, Great Music, and Good Energy
The firm boasts clients the likes of Olympic gold medal-hoarding
track star Usain Bolt and LOVE pop-artist Robert Indiana. Some of
its more interesting cases involve advising individuals and
companies, including financial institutions like GFI Group, Inc.,
about restrictive covenants and non-compete litigation. The firm
advises clients in the medical device and biotech fields like
CooperSurgical, Inc. and Trinity Biotech PLC on transactional
matters and litigation. The firm handles bond litigation for BNY
Mellon and represents Awkward Family Photos, Surfer Girl
International, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC in trademark
matters and litigation. Carter Ledyard also advised the Long Island
Power Authority on the Long Island Solar Farm, the biggest solar
energy project in the state of New York, and Spectra Energy Corp.
in the creation of natural gas transportation infrastructure in the
New York and New Jersey areas.