RW Anniversary: On March 15, 1977 Rudman, Winchell Carter & Buckley began as a consolidated firm.
This Date in RW history: On March 15, 1977 Rudman, Winchell Carter & Buckley began as a consolidated firm. While the Rudmans have both largely retired from practice, Phil Buckley (pictured) is still very active and as busy as ever at Rudman Winchell today.
The venerable Bangor law firm now known as Rudman Winchell was founded in 1917 by Abraham M. Rudman. In 1954, Mr. Rudman became a Maine Superior Court Judge, and his sons, Gerald and Paul, carried on the well-established firm’s practice, enjoying long and highly successful careers in their own right.
In 1965, Abraham Rudman was appointed a Justice of Maine’s highest court, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. That same year attorney Gene Carter joined Gerald and Paul Rudman at the firm, and the practice’s name changed to Rudman, Rudman & Carter. In 1977, the firm became Rudman, Winchell, Carter & Buckley when it merged with another established Bangor law firm, Winchell & Buckley. In 1980, Gene Carter left the practice to become a Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and the firm became known as Rudman & Winchell. He went on to become a Judge, and ultimately the Chief Judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Maine. Rudman & Winchell remained the firm’s name for more than three decades until the title was streamlined to Rudman Winchell in 2011.
In 1991, Paul Rudman followed in his father’s footsteps to become a Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. In 2003, attorney Robert E. Murray, Jr., left Rudman & Winchell to become Commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. He later was appointed a Judge of the Maine District Court and now serves as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court. In 2010, the Governor selected another of our partners to become a judge, when he appointed Bruce Mallonee a Judge of the Maine District Court.