Doar, Drill & Skow History

Since 1883, Doar, Drill & Skow has employed the esteemed talents of a future Wisconsin governor, state legislators, a State Bar Association president, even the counsel for Richard Nixon’s impeachment hearing.

Life-long Wisconsin resident, Frank Fuller, founded the firm in 1883. In 1884, he persuaded his law clerk, William McNally, to take the bar exam and together they formed the law firm of Fuller & McNally. After Fuller’s retirement the next year, McNally continued the practice until his death in 1923. In 1901, he moved the law office into a new building on the corner of First Street and Knowles Avenue, in New Richmond, where it still stands today.

In 1908, W.T. Doar joined McNally’s practice, upon graduating from law school in Washington, D.C. A short time later, Doar’s name was added to the firm. Over the course of the first half of the 20th century, Doar gained recognition throughout northern Wisconsin as a vigorous and diligent trial and appellate lawyer, exhibited further by his dedicated service as President of the Wisconsin Bar Association in 1931. The firm continues to bear Doar’s name to this day.

Son of a Pierce County judge and future governor of Wisconsin, attorney Warren P. Knowles joined the firm’s ranks in 1933. In 1935, the firm’s name was changed to Doar & Knowles. In following with the firm’s long-standing belief that its members, while concentrating on the Wisconsin legal issues of their individual and corporate clients, should also be involved in public service, Knowles would go on to serve as a state legislator and eventually Governor of Wisconsin from 1964 to 1970.

W.T. Doar’s youngest son, John, would also carry on the noble traditions emphasized by the firm and his father, by becoming a key member in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in 1960. He became Assistant Attorney General, in charge of that division from 1964 to 1966, and would go on to serve as director of President Richard Nixon’s Impeachment Inquiry. 

Attorneys James Drill and Ardell Skow eventually joined the firm, making up the Doar, Drill & Skow moniker enjoyed by the firm to this day. Both men have been active locally as well as on a state level. Drill served as a member of the New Richmond City Counsel, President of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers and member of the Wisconsin Judicial Counsel. Dell Skow has served on the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Board of Governors as well as the Executive Committee. He’s been an active member of the St. Croix Valley Bar Association, including past President, and recipient of a great many awards including Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, for 20 Years.

Active involvement in public service remains a hallmark of the firm today. Numerous attorneys have held positions of leadership in the St. Croix Valley Bar Association and the Wisconsin State Bar Association. Most of the attorneys are members of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.

Today, Doar, Drill & Skow continues to serve the people of northwestern Wisconsin with the same care, integrity and results that have marked the past 133 years. If you have been injured in an accident or have other legal concerns, you can select Doar, Drill & Skow with confidence. Our attorneys are well known and highly respected by their peers. We are proud to be one of the top personal injury law firms in Western Wisconsin, practicing in – and giving back to – our community.

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