Cadwalader's longstanding tradition of providing our clients with unparalleled service and legal expertise began with the firm's founding in 1792. As one of the nation's oldest law firms (and the oldest continuing Wall Street law practice in the United States), our growth and development often paralleled the major economic, social, and political events that have shaped our nation and the world. The historical context behind our evolution from a one-person law practice to a thriving international law firm spans over 225 years.
The Growth of New York and the Legal Practice
The Industrial Age and the Birth of the Corporate Law Firm
World War I through the Great Depression
World War II
The Boom Years
Lawyers Become Specialists
Eve of the millennium