A Brief History

In 1959, James C. Cleveland and Robert P. Bass, Jr., merged their law practices, establishing the law firm now known as Cleveland, Waters and Bass, P.A. A year later, Warren Waters left the chairmanship of the Public Utilities Commission and joined the firm.

In 1963, Jim Cleveland left the firm to begin a distinguished career in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving the Second Congressional District for nine terms. After concluding his congressional service in 1981, Mr. Cleveland joined the firm and maintained the firm’s New London office until his death in 1995.

Rob Bass became widely regarded for his trusts and estates practice and was renowned throughout the state for his expertise in this area of law. After his retirement in 2004, he continued active involvement in many political and philanthropic endeavors, including the Currier Gallery of Art and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Mr. Bass died in 2011.

Warren Waters retired in 1981 and passed away in Florida in 2001.