History

This timeline is a snapshot of our milestones as well as historic legal moments since the firm’s founding during the height of the Great Depression.

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


1930s 

1933

  • Benjamin Levin and Haskell Cohn form a partnership and sublet office space at One Federal Street in Boston. The clientele includes individuals, banks, and private companies.
  • 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, 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).

 


 

1940s

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.

 


 

1950s

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.

 


 

1960s

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.

 


 

1970s

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

 


 

1980s

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 Levin, 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 Levin 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

  • Firm establishes its Bankruptcy Practice.

1989

  • Firm drafts its Pro Bono Policy.

 


 

1990s

1990

  • Firm establishes its Health Care Practice.

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 Levin, 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.

 


 

2000s

2000

  • Firm opens offices in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut.
  • Patent Law Treaty is signed in Geneva, Switzerland.

2001

  • Firm opens an office in Los Angeles, California.

2003

  • Firm opens an office in London, UK.
  • Firm establishes its Diversity Committee.
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage.

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 Levin 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.
  • Firm receives a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.
  • MultiCultural Law recognizes Mintz Levin 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 for the second straight year 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 Levin among the Top 100 Firms for Pro Bono.
  • Firm receives its third consecutive perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
  • Sonia Sotomayor becomes the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

 


 

2010s

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 fourth 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 Levin as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” 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 Levin 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 Levin receives its fifth consecutive 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 Levin 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 Levin 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 Levin 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 Levin 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 Levin welcomes 16 new lateral hires, including senior attorneys joining our Immigration, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Public Finance, Real Estate, and Tax practices.

2016

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