Whitney North Seymour

Whitney North Seymour

Infobox Person
name = Whitney North Seymour

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birth_date = birth date|1901|1|4
birth_place =
death_date = death date and age|1983|5|21|1901|1|4
death_place = New York City
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known_for =
alma_mater = University of Wisconsin–Madison
Columbia Law School
occupation = Trial lawyer
employer = Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
spouse = Lola Vickers Seymour
nationality = flag|United States

Whitney North Seymour (January 4, 1901May 21, 1983) was a prominent New York trial lawyer and bar leader who served in the Hoover Administration and later served as the 84th president of the American Bar Association. Seymour served for many years as the managing partner of the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Seymour was an assistant solicitor general in the Justice Department from 1931 to 1933 before returning to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Seymour also taught law at New York University and Yale Law School, served as president of the American Arbitration Association and was an official of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and of Freedom House. He served as president of the Legal Aid Society, the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Seymour completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and later attended Columbia Law School from which he received his law degree in 1923.

In his practice he specialized in trial work and appellate litigation. He argued many cases before the United States Supreme Court. Seymour was considered an expert on antitrust law and civil liberties. ["NY Times" obituary, May 22, 1983]


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