Mr Guinand and Mr Richard

Mr Léon Guinandwas born on the 6th of May, 1837 in Paris. After reading law he worked at Mr Maza’s law firm where he met his future colleague and partner, Mr Eugène Richard. On the 23 rd of March, 1871, after having completed his service to the National Guard in France, Mr Guinand arrived in Switzerland and obtained Genevan citizenship in 1873. He and Mr Eugène Richard practised law together and Mr Guinand later worked in an independent capacity until his son joined the firm.


Mr Guinand passed away on the 19th of March, 1904 in Geneva, aged 66.


Born in Geneva on the 9th of May, 1843, Mr Eugène Richard completed his studies in Geneva and graduated from Law in 1870. He then worked as a secretary to Mr Jean-Baptiste Pioda, a plenipotentiary minister of the Swiss Confederation to the Italian Court who passed away in Rome on the 3rd of November, 1882. Mr Richard later worked for Mr Leblanc, a senator in Paris.


Mr Richard completed a doctorate (PhD) entitled Etudes de nationalités (Studies of Nationalities) and subsequently worked as a trainee barrister and partner of the Castoldi law firm. In 1873, he and Mr Léon Guinand became partners.


When Mr Guinand decided to leave the firm and become partners-in-law with his son, Mr Richard formed a partnership with Mr Charles Vuille and Mr Eugène Stouvenel. Appointed Business Law Professor at the University in 1886, Mr Richard was highly-esteemed by his students and gave classes until 1891. He was also a member of the Court of cassation from 1917 to 1924. Mr Richard was a talented politician, as a member of parliament in the Genevan Grand Council from 1874 to 1910, Councillor of State (member of Cantonal government) from 1889 to 1900, as Swiss National Councillor (member of lower house parliament) from 1890 to 1893 and as a Genevan parliamentarian to the Council of the States (Upper house of parliament) from 1893 to 1914, the year he was president of the aforementioned Council.


Mr Richard passed away on the 30th of April, 1925, aged 82.