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In 1945, President Roosevelt passed away, the world’s first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and World War II came to an end. It was an unusual time to start a business. Nevertheless, it was the year when lawyers Luther Carr and Ed Cosgriff invested in their new practice atop Miller’s Drugs on Burlingame Avenue. 

Mills Creek looking toward bay in Burlingame, CA

Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson and Horn, which would become Carr McClellan P.C., weathered the uncertainty of the 1940s and now weathers the uncertainty of 2020 more than seven decades later. Much has changed in the world and with the firm, but one constant has been our dedication to community service.

“[Our attorneys] participate on non-profit boards and in community service organizations, which reflects our concern for the community we serve.”

L. Micheal Telleen

Throughout the years, our attorneys have played important roles in some of San Mateo County’s biggest changes. In 1947, attorneys assisted the Peninsula Hospital District by providing legal services as Peninsula Hospital was constructed. In the late ‘40s, Carr McClellan assisted the San Mateo Union High School District in the acquisition of land to build Capuchino High School in San Bruno.

The firm’s founders volunteered with Rotary, the Kiwanis, the American Legion, the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and local school boards, and founded the San Mateo Chapter of the Reserve Officers of Naval Service to advocate for returning veterans. 

Our attorneys also guided the development of the new town of Foster City and, for decades, served as the city attorneys to the Town of Hillsborough.

“Carr McClellan’s involvement in the community was a big factor in my decision to join the firm. As a regional firm, we have a large role in reflecting the values of and giving back to our community.”

J. Craig Crawford

Today, Carr McClellan continues its legacy of community service. Our attorneys serve a variety of local organizations, such as Rotary International, HIP Housing, CASA of San Mateo County, the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, the San Mateo Legal Aid Society, Elder Alliance, the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association and SAMCEDA.

“A lot has changed in 75 years, yet Carr McClellan attorneys are still providing exceptional legal services for their clients and serving their community. And we are here for you now. Thank you for your support and trust.”

Edward J. Willig

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Click the videos below to hear from three of our attorneys about our 75th anniversary.

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