Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts

Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts was a prominent New York law firm that traced its origins to a law partnership formed in New York in 1868. It merged with the San Francisco based law firm Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in 2001.[1] That firm subsequently became Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in 2005.


The firm was founded in 1868 as Root & Clarke. After several name changes it was known as Winthrop & Stimson after 1898, and Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts after 1927.[2]

Notable alumni and employees

The firm produced many leaders in law, jurisprudence and public service. Elihu Root, one of the firm's founders and a US Secretary of State; Felix Frankfurter, legal scholar and US Supreme Court justice; and Henry L. Stimson, cabinet member under four Presidents of the United States, are among the prominent attorneys who practiced at Winthrop Stimson.


  1. "Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts". Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  2. On Active Service in Peace and War, by Henry L. Stimson and McGeorge Bundy (Harper Brothers, 1955)
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