On September 12, 1900, the Bartow newspaper Courier-Informant announced:
Mr. Solon G. Wilson and Judge Clarence A. Boswell have formed a copartnership for the practice of law, under the name Wilson & Boswell[.]
So began, in Bartow, in a suite of rooms over the Wilson & Bowers dry goods store, the firm now known as Boswell & Dunlap LLP. Every day since, the firm has represented its clients with the expertise and knowledge that can only be gained from many years of providing high quality legal representation. Over the ensuing decades, new lawyers have joined in order to meet the varied needs of our clients and the challenges presented by an ever-changing legal landscape. In 1924, Judge Boswell’s son and namesake joined the firm and began a career that spanned over 75 years of practice. In 1980, Donald H. Wilson, Jr., grandson of Solon G. Wilson, also joined the firm. In 1998, the firm merged with another well-established Bartow firm, Dunlap & Murphy, to become Boswell & Dunlap LLP. Today, the firm’s team of lawyers deploy a wide range of expertise and legal skills to meet the needs of a broad base of clients.
Boswell & Dunlap LLP’s commitment to clients is abundantly apparent in those businesses, organizations, families and individuals who have relied upon its attorneys for many years and over multiple generations. Lawyers in this firm have provided legal services to the Polk County School Board since 1939, to Polk State College since 1963 and to the City of Bartow since 1971.
On the 100th anniversary of this firm’s founding, firm partner Clarence A. Boswell, the son of Judge Boswell and then the oldest member of the Florida Bar, was quoted in the Florida Bar Journal as follows:
A lot of things have changed about the way we practice law over the years, but the importance of vigorously pursuing a client’s interests with honesty and integrity has never changed.
The attorneys at Boswell & Dunlap LLP strive to represent each client utilizing the most current and state of the art means and practices under the law, without forgetting the obligation imposed by our heritage to vigorously pursue each client’s interests with honesty and integrity. In the words of Don Wilson:
A good thing about practicing law . . . is that you get better with experience.