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Orr & Reno has played an important role in New Hampshire's evolution and growth since 1946. Founders Dudley Orr and Bob Reno created a firm where some of the state's best legal minds work to provide transformational legal counsel. Their founding principles of providing the best legal advice, outstanding service, and community support, to individuals and businesses throughout the region, continue to guide and inspire us to this day.

Dudley W. Orr and Robert H. Reno succeeded to the offices of Couch and Stevens following the death of Benjamin W. Couch. Orr, a Concord native and graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, had been associated with the Couch and Stevens law offices while Reno, a Midwesterner, had returned to New Hampshire after graduating from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and serving in the armed forces.

Many of the lawyers in the Orr & Reno firm became leaders in the profession and community. Dudley Orr participated, to an enormous extent, in civic and state affairs throughout his career. A long time trustee of both Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, Orr also served as president of the Spaulding-Potter Charitable Fund, which became the basis for the New Hampshire Charitable Fund.

Orr & Reno attorneys Robert H. Reno, Charles H. Toll, Jr., Malcolm McLane and Eugene C. Struckoff all made contributions as outstanding attorneys. Reno promoted social causes and advancement of the profession, while McLane served the city on the planning board and as a city council member and mayor. McLane ran for governor as an independent in 1972 and won election to the Executive Council in 1976.

In the ensuing decades, Orr & Reno attracted promising young attorneys who contributed significantly to the firm's success. They include Charles F. Leahy and his wife, Mary Susan Leahy, Ronald L. Snow, John W. Barto, Richard Couser, Thomas D. Rath and David H. Souter, who would go on to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Crosscurrents of Change: Concord, N.H. in the 20th Century, Copyright 2011, Concord Historical Society. Used with permission, Concord Historical Society.