The firm that would eventually become Barnes, Richardson & Colburn was founded in New York City in 1919 as Barnes, Chilvers & Halstead.
The firm’s three founding partners were Albert MacC. Barnes, Jr., Mr. Chilvers, and Frank M. Halstead. Barnes and Halstead had significant experience in the trade arena.
We’ve learned they founded the firm after both holding leadership positions in the Federal government.
Chilvers, on the other hand, has not left a significant paper trail therefore we know little about him.
Original Office located at 2 Rector Street, New York.
The case itself regarded the exaction of duties against the Niagara Ferry & Transportation Company by the collector of customs at the Port of Buffalo.
Unfortunately, Mr. Barnes was not successful in his efforts to secure a refund. However, the decision highlights a number of changes that have occurred in customs and trade law since our founding in 1919 that we will explore in future entries.
Samuel Richardson joined the firm in July of 1933, having previously held the position of Solicitor of Customs at New York.
When Richardson joined the firm, the partners agreed upon the name Barnes, Richardson & Halstead.
He spent a year in the Consular Service in London in the 1920s and was assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Tariff Commission from 1924 to 1928 predecessor to the U.S. International Trade Commission).
Colburn entered private practice in 1928 and in January 1935, he joined the firm.
During his time at the firm, Richardson was involved in countless legal matters, a and participated in at least two Supreme Court cases.
Barnes, Richardson & Colburn expands to a Chicago office in the historic Monadnock Building in 1948.
The historic Monadnock Building in Chicago.
Currently located at 303 East Wacker Dr. >
< The Hay-Adams hotel
During his practice, Barnes handled innumerable customs and trade matters, testified several times before Congress in his capacity as an American Bar Association committee head, and was very involved with the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.
In 1948 Barnes was awarded the Royal Order of St. Olav Knight First Class for his “exceedingly valuable work and great personal endeavors over a long span of years in matters relating to Norway.” Barnes also participated in at least three Supreme Court cases.
Barnes remained a partner in the firm until his death in 1963.
On January 1, 2013 Barnes, Richardson and Colburn becomes a Limited Liability Partnership:
Barnes, Richardson and Colburn, LLP