Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A.
The law firm of Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A. began in 1887 when Nathan Kinglsey and R.C. Shepherd relocated their law office from Chatfield, Minnesota to Austin. When Kingsley left the firm to serve as a Judge of the Tenth Judicial District, Shepherd was joined by Samuel Doak Catherwood. During Catherwood's tenure at the firm, he served as legal counsel for George A. Hormel from 1891 until Mr. Hormel's death in 1952. Mr. Catherwood also served as a District Court Judge.
Jacob W. Nicholsen joined the firm when Shepherd moved his practice to Billings, Montana. Later, Burton E. Hughes, R.C. Alderson, Roger Catherwood (Samuel Catherwood's son), and Glenn E. Kelley joined the firm. Glenn E. Kelley later served as a District Court Judge in the Third Judicial District and as a Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Raymond B. Ondov joined the firm in 1954 and Gary E. Leonard in 1963. Both are currently Of Counsel with the firm. Paul V. Sween joined the firm in 1972, Steven T. Rizzi, Jr. in 1983, Dean K. Adams in 1990, Megan A. Burroughs in 2006, Michael D. Schatz in 2010 and Adam J. Houck in 2012.
Although the firm's members and name have changed over the years, the traditions of legal excellence that began 120 years ago continue today as Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A. sets high standards for professionalism and quality legal service.
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