The postwar period

In the first years after war, Mr. Arturo Ratti also joined the firm as accountant, because his firm in Via Montenapoleone had crumbled under the bombing. A valuable and lasting cooperation resulted from this circumstance and such partnership continued even when Mr. Ratti moved to a new office, still in Via dei Bossi no. 3 but on a different floor, due to the growth of both legal and tax activities.

In the mid-sixties Stefano Giovanardi consolidated his relations with primary clients, especially in commercial litigation practice, confirming the strength and reputation of the firm.

In those same years Erminio Giovanardi, who was by then over eighty years old, slowed down his activity, the same did Luigi Bianchi, who soon retired leaving his position to a young lawyer: Gianluigi Turconi whose father, a lawyer himself, had prematurely passed away. The cooperation of Stefano Giovanardi and Gianluigi Turconi, resulted in the expansion of the firm’s activity towards the credit sector with regard to civil, commercial and bankruptcy proceedings.

In 1971 Turconi decided to interrupt his work at the firm to dedicate himself to other activities, but he kept a very close tie with the firm. That same year Erminio Giovanardi, still registered in the Bar Association, passed away.

During the following years Stefano Giovanardi developed the firm’s activity, which turned more and more towards the credit sector.

In 1980 when he was in his third year of law school, Carlo Alberto Giovanardi, Stefano’s son, started working in the firm as apprentice, performing chancery activities and other ancillary tasks. He graduated from law school (1982) and completed the compulsory military service (1982-1983); in 1985 Carlo Alberto Giovanardi became a lawyer and started practice with his father, repeating –even if in a different historical and economical context- the cooperation that 38 years before his father Stefano started with grandfather Erminio.

In 1986 the owner of the property in Via Bossi no. 3, Credito Italiano, asked the firm to free the property, so Studio Giovanardi moved to via San Calimero no. 7, where it remained until 1992. Since then, it has been in Piazza del Liberty no. 8.

Together with Erminio Giovanardi, Luigi Bianchi, Stefano Giovanardi and Gianluigi Turconi, key personalities of the Firm, it is worth to mention Mrs. Elena Salvini, who joined the Firm as a secretary in 1971 and retired in 2014 after 43 years of work at the firm.

This passage from Stefano Giovanardi’s biography gives an idea of the situation in Milan after the bombing: “Dad and  Bianchi had the same office in  via dei Bossi no. 3, but the activity was quite idle. As everywhere, heating was not working. In the corridor we had a sawdust- stove: we had to fill an iron cylinder with sawdust and plug it in. The sawdust burned little by little for some hours, heating the apartment. Dad’s room, freed from furniture, became the sawdust deposit. Both the desks were in the bigger room, once used by Bianchi. There was only one secretary, with few jobs; instead of staying at the Remington typewriter, in her room, she preferred to stay in the corridor, huddled up close to the stove”.