August 27, 2007

MY OLD LAW FIRM, DEWEY BALLANTINE, will now be Dewey & LeBoeuf, as the result of a merger with LeBoeuf Lamb. I suppose it’s a good business decision, but it makes me slightly sad to see Dewey, with its century of history, subsumed into a new entity.

UPDATE: Reader Ron Hardin goes back to when the firm had Elihu Root’s name up front, and observes:

My father worked there starting probably in the 30s. [Tom] Dewey was a latecomer. The name kept changing over the years, and sounded strange when they added Dewey, to me anyway. Right up front, too.

A lesson in the limits of nostalgia, I guess.

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