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Our History

Our firm’s team, capabilities, and reputation are continually growing.

View the video above for a quick look at our name’s evolution. The timeline below highlights notable milestones.

1930 | 1940 | 1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | 2000 | 2010 | 2019

1930s

1933

  • Lowrance & Levin — a new law firm including attorneys Benjamin Levin, Haskell Cohn, and John Lowrance — serves individuals, banks, and private companies from office space at One Federal Street in Boston. John Lowrance leaves the firm by the end of the year.
  • Securities Act of 1933 is enacted.

1935

  • Warner Act of 1935 is signed into law, establishing the National Labor Relations Board and giving workers the right to unionize.
  • Social Security Act of 1935 signed into law. The law provides old-age benefits for workers, benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, and aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and people with physical disabilities.

1937

  • Herman Mintz joins the firm, now called Mintz, Levin and Cohn, based on the year each person graduated from law school. The clientele expands to include real estate companies, Boston theaters, New England motion picture chains, shoe manufacturers, and retailers.

1939

  • Herman Mintz becomes a full partner in the firm. The firm consists of 5 attorneys (3 Partners and 2 Associates).

1940

  • Mintz, Levin and Cohn moves to 50 Federal Street in Boston.

1946

  • New Associates join the firm and the clientele expands beyond New England and also into government relations.

1947

  • William Glovsky joins the firm as a first-year Associate.

1948

  • Richard Mintz, Herman Mintz’s son, starts at the firm as a first-year Associate.

1954

  • Richard Mintz becomes a partner in the firm.
  • US Supreme Court rules unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that state laws mandating public school segregation are unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

1958

  • National Aeronautics and Space Act is signed, creating NASA.

1961

  • Congress passes Public Law 87-293, establishing the Peace Corps.

1962

  • US Supreme Court decides that prayer in public schools is unconstitutional.
  • Antitrust Civil Process Act signed into law.

1963

  • Equal Pay Act is signed.

1964

  • Firm’s name becomes Mintz, Levin, Cohn, and Glovsky.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed by Congress, making discrimination in public places illegal as well as discrimination based on race or sex illegal in hiring, promoting, and firing.

1965

  • Firm starts its Summer Associates program.
  • Social Security Amendments of 1965 signed into law, establishing Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor.

1966

  • Firm hires its first female attorney, and moves its office to the sixth floor of One Center Plaza, across from Boston City Hall.
  • “Miranda Rights” are created when the US Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that police must inform criminal suspects of their Fifth Amendment rights prior to questioning.

1967

  • Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, is sworn in.

1968

  • R. Robert Popeo joins the firm as its first lateral Partner and establishes the Litigation Practice.

1969

  • Benjamin Levin becomes the president of the Boston Bar Association, and serves until 1971. During his time as president, he and Philip Sisk, then president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, establish Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

1970

  • Environmental Protection Agency established.

1971

  • Firm’s name becomes Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Glovsky and Popeo.
  • 26th Amendment lowers the voting age to 18 from 21.

1972

  • Firm hires its first attorney of color.

1975

  • Firm expands into municipal bonds when Kidder Peabody and the City of Everett, Massachusetts, hire it as underwriter’s counsel.

1976

  • Firm engaged as bond counsel for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

1977

  • Firm grows to 32 attorneys (19 Partners, 1 Counsel, and 12 Associates).
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 signed into law.
  • National drinking water standard goes into effect, three years after the Safe Drinking Water Act is passed.

1978

  • Firm serves as bond counsel in the first-ever refinancing of Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bonds, saving $75 million to benefit state-administered pension systems.

1979

  • Firm’s Washington, DC office opens to focus on federal regulation, legislation, and litigation with an emphasis on communications, the environment, health care, antitrust, and banking.

1980

  • US Supreme Court allows patents on living organisms.

1981

  • Firm establishes its Communications Practice when Charles Ferris joins the firm after resigning as chairman of the FCC.
  • Firm becomes a professional corporation and changes its name to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first female justice on the US Supreme Court.

1983

  • Firm offers its first Flexible Work Arrangement.
  • Biogen, represented by Mintz, becomes the first biotechnology company in the United States to go public.

1985

  • Firm is the first law firm in Boston to put a personal computer on every attorney's desk.
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) is signed into law.

1986

  • First LGBT attorney is made a Member in the firm.
  • Firm helps Elizabeth Stone House, a newly formed shelter for battered women, acquire two buildings, beginning its ongoing relationship with the nonprofit.
  • Two Mintz attorneys and others establish the Boston Lawyers Group, a nonprofit consortium of law firms committed to the hiring and retention of attorneys of color.

1988

1989

1990

1991

  • Two first-year Associates start the firm’s Domestic Violence Project.
  • ML Strategies, LLC, the firm’s first consulting affiliate, is established, providing government relations, communications, and project management services to clients.

1992

  • Firm guides AOL through its groundbreaking IPO.

1993

  • First attorney of color is made a Member in the firm.

1994

  • Firm offers benefits to employees’ same-sex domestic partners.

1995

  • Firm receives the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Community Service Award.

1996

  • Firm grows to 214 attorneys (102 Members and 111 Associates).
  • Qiagen, represented by Mintz, becomes the first German biotechnology company to go public in the United States.
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is signed into law.

1998

  • Mintz Levin Financial Advisors, LLC, the firm’s second subsidiary, is established to provide financial planning and investment advisory services to individuals and families.

1999

  • Firm opens an office in Reston, Virginia.

2000

2001

2003

2004

  • Firm receives Shining Star Award from the Victim Rights Law Center.

2005

  • Firm receives the Standing in the Light of Justice Award from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
  • Firm receives the Adams Pro Bono Publico Award from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

2006

  • Firm opens offices in Palo Alto and San Diego, California.
  • Firm is ranked #15 nationwide in quality of life and #19 for diversity in Vault’s Top 100 Law Firms Guide.

2007

  • Firm formalizes its Flexible Work Arrangement Policy.
  • Working Mother names Mintz Best Law Firm for Women.
  • Firm is ranked fifth in the annual American Lawyer Summer Associates Survey.
  • Firm is listed as one of the Top Ten Family Friendly Firms by Yale Law Women.
  • MultiCultural Law recognizes Mintz as a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity, a Top 25 Law Firm for African Americans, a Top 100 Law Firm for Women, and a Top 50 Law Firms for Partners.

2008

  • Firm celebrates its 75th anniversary.
  • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 signed into law.
  • Firm grows to 481 attorneys.
  • Firm receives a perfect score the on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • Firm makes Yale Law Women’s list of Top Ten Family Friendly Firms for the second year in a row.
  • New Hampshire legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples.

2009

  • American Lawyer ranks Mintz among the Top 100 Firms for Pro Bono.
  • Firm receives its second consecutive perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • Sonia Sotomayor becomes the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

2010

  • Firm plays a key role in the passage of the Harassment Prevention Bill in Massachusetts.
  • Firm receives the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award for its “outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services.”
  • Firm announces the Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship for first-year law students of color.
  • Sponsor & Retention Program is established at the firm to help retain and promote the success of Associates of color.
  • Firm receives its third consecutive perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • UK Bribery Act of 2010 signed into law.
  • Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the US Military is repealed.
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is signed into law.

2011

  • Human Rights Campaign names Mintz as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” giving the firm a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the fourth year in a row.
  • Firm is listed as one of the Top Ten Family Friendly Firms for the fourth year in a row by Yale Law Women.
  • Firm is ranked #4 in The Best Law Firms to Work in 2012 by Vault.

2012

  • Mintz moves its Palo Alto office to San Francisco, California.
  • Firm is listed as one of the Top Ten Family Friendly Firms for the fifth year in a row by Yale Law Women.
  • Mintz receives its fifth consecutive perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • Firm is ranked among the top 30 “Best Places to Work” in American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey.

2013

  • Firm scores 100% for the sixth year in a row on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

  • Mintz listed in the top 20 “Best Places to Work” in American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey.

  • Firm establishes a dedicated Product Risk Management & Response Practice.

2014

  • For the seventh year in a row, Mintz receives a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

  • Firm is listed among the top 25 law firms for associate satisfaction in Vault’s Best Firms to Work For and ranked among the top 100 most prestigious law firms in the country.

  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association selects Mintz for its Beacon of Justice Award for the firm’s involvement in two innovative programs — the Access to Justice Fellows Program and the Know Your Rights! Program.

2015

  • For the eighth consecutive year, Mintz receives a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

  • Firm is listed among the top 25 law firms for associate satisfaction in Vault’s Best Firms to Work For.

  • Firm receives the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard Certification, a designation based on how firms compensate women and integrate them into top leadership roles.

  • Mintz welcomes 16 new lateral hires, including senior attorneys joining our Immigration, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Public Finance, Real Estate, and Tax practices.

  • Firm hits record-breaking revenue and profits, with growth totaling nearly 13.9%.

  • Firm initiates new compensation structure designed to foster greater collaboration between Mintz legal teams and to maximize client results.

2016

  • Mintz receives a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the ninth consecutive year.

  • Firm launches MintzEdge, an online, one-stop business and legal resource for entrepreneurs.

  • Mintz named among Top Life Sciences Law Firms by Lake Whillans.

  • Firm has another year of record revenue and profits.

2017

  • Mintz is one of only 54 US law firms recognized by BTI Consulting Group as highly collaborative, based on input from corporate counsel.
  • Sue Finegan, Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, leads Mintz attorneys working with the ACLU and Oxfam America to challenge the Trump administration's travel ban and represent immigrants detained at Boston's Logan Airport. A 7-day restraining order obtained by the group serves as a model for subsequent orders that restrict the ban's implementation.
  • Eleven firm attorneys named on list of Top Authors in JD Supra 2017 Readers' Choice Awards, and Mintz recognized as the Top Firm with readers in the energy industry.
  • Firm receives tenth consecutive perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • Mintz sees third consecutive year of record revenue and profits. 

2018

 

2019

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