The law firm
was founded by Thomas H. Thurlow, Sr., on October 10, 1955.
His original one-attorney office was located on the second floor of
the DeHon building in historic downtown Stuart. Duffy's Sports Grill
is now across the street from this location.
Prior to moving to
Stuart, Thomas Thurlow practiced
with the firm of
Costello, Cooney and Fearon in Syracuse, New York.
He was an associate with the firm from 1929 to 1935 and a partner
from 1935 to 1951. In 1951, he was passing through the Stuart area
while following his passion of racing sailboats. While
visiting Stuart, he met local attorney Evans Crary, Sr., who invited
him to join him in practice. Shortly thereafter, he moved his family
to Stuart in 1952 and became a partner in the firm of Crary,
Thurlow & Randolph, until 1955 when he established his own office.
In 1961, the firm
moved its offices to the new First National Bank building located on
the corner of US-1 and Colorado Avenue. That year, Thomas H. Thurlow,
Jr. joined the firm and the firm name became Thurlow &
Thurlow. In 1975, the firm moved to the County Administration
Building (now First National II) at 50 Kindred
Street and employed four attorneys. Thomas Thurlow, Sr. retired
from active practice in 1980.
The firm's current
offices were built in 1983. In 1998, Thomas H. Thurlow III
joined the practice.
In the early days
of law practice in Stuart, Thomas Thurlow, Sr., like most of the
other local attorneys, was a general practitioner who
represented clients in a wide variety of cases from litigation to
development law and
wills. In the 1960s, '70s and early '80s, the firm represented
the developers of many local residential subdivisions and condominiums,
including Indian River Plantation (now the Hutchinson Island
Marriott Resort and Marina), Snug Habour and Hutchinson House
Condominium. The firm also
represented many local individuals in the areas of estate planning,
probate administration, and corporate matters.
Today, the firm
continues to represent individuals and businesses in the areas
of Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, Estate and
Gift Taxation, Real Estate and Title Insurance. Many of
Thurlow & Thurlow's clients
have been represented by three generations of attorneys over the