Lawyer celebrates 50 years at same law firm, the only employer he's ever had

When Bill Oliver started work on June 1, 1963 at Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, there were only seven attorneys at the Kansas law firm.

The Internet didn’t exist, legal research was done in law libraries and attorneys dictated their work to legal secretaries for whom shorthand was an important job skill. By the 1980s, he had become a name partner, known for his expertise in aviation law and products liability. He has represented his biggest client, Beechcraft Corp., since 1973.

Today, there are 42 lawyers at the firm, which is only employer the 75-year-old University of Oklahoma law graduate ever had, the Wichita Business Journal reports. A celebration of his 50th anniversary at the firm is planned on Saturday, followed by an open house next week for clients and friends.

While he has reduced his workload a bit, Oliver plans to keep on working as long as he is able to.

“It was a great accomplishment to be a name partner in a premier law firm,” he tells the publication.

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