History of Firm

Walter G. Dunnington founded the firm in 1921. He attracted clients with his ability to give concise, practical solutions, cutting through extraneous details. As a leader of the Bar until his death in 1971, he earned the respect of multi-national corporations, world figures, and, above all, his clients.

The firm’s early years were focused on tax and trusts and estates work for individuals and securities work for corporations under the New Deal’s regulatory acts.  Many socially prominent families became clients – Mrs. Bryce of the Hartford A&P company fortune, Henry S. Phipps, a partner of Andrew Carnegie, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum, and Max Fleischmann of Standard Brands.  The Firm represented the Hershey Company, Texaco, Pinkertons and the advertising firms Dancer Fitzgerald and Cunningham & Walsh. Today it represents Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s leading agencies and Securitas, a leading security company.

In the century that followed, we developed complementary practice areas in Corporate, Employment, Litigation, Trusts and Estates, Intellectual Property, International, Real Estate, Immigration, and Not-for-Profit law.  As our client base grew, so did Dunnington’s breadth of services.

Dunnington Today

Today, Dunnington lawyers handle matters ranging from complex transactions involving sophisticated technology platforms to corporate and intellectual property transactions, litigation and arbitration.

The firm is a member of the Cicero League of International Lawyers advising a range of international clients with ties to the US.

Dunnington is currently expanding its client base in the Italian market with an initiative led by Partners Alan D’Ambrosio and Nicola Tegoni, in the Latin American market with an initiative led by Partner Steven Lewis and in the French market with an initiative led by Partners Raymond Dowd and Olivera Medenica. Messrs. D’Ambrosio and Tegoni are fluent in Italian and Mr. Dowd and Ms. Medenica are fluent in French. They are bringing Dunnington to Italian, French and Latin American citizens and companies who are expanding into the US.

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