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A Law Firm Rooted in the Earliest Days of Arizona Statehood

The late U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and many other distinguished lawyers have been a part of Carson Messinger's rich history.

Carson Messinger is one of Arizona's oldest law firms, founded in 1924 by Gene S. Cunningham and Charles A. Carson, Jr. Both lawyers were distinguished and active leaders in the early history of Arizona's legal community. 

Mr. Cunningham, a University of Illinois law school alumnus, was admitted to practice in Arizona in 1913, one year after statehood, and served as Maricopa County Attorney prior to founding the firm.

Mr. Carson was admitted to practice in Arizona in 1922, after studying and "reading the law." He was the first president of the State Bar of Arizona (1933-35) and is the only two-term president in the bar's history. His son, C.A. Carson III, a former senior member of this firm, also served as State Bar president (its 25th, 1958-59) and for many years was one of two Arizona delegates to the American Bar Association. The firm's current members continue this tradition of active involvement in bar activities.

A number of distinguished Arizona lawyers have been members of the firm, including the late William H. Rehnquist (1924-2005), appointed as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President Nixon in 1972 and elevated to Chief Justice of the United States by President Reagan in 1986.

Rehnquist moved to Phoenix in 1953 after attending Stanford University and Harvard University and working as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. In 1957, he joined the law firm then known as Cunningham, Carson & Messinger.

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