Erminio Giovanardi was born in Modena in 1884, he was a laical idealist of the Risorgimento, who disagreed with the middle class provincial lifestyle of his family (his father Silvio was a lawyer even if he had never practiced). He was a brilliant student awarded for his results all through his studies; after graduating from law school in 1905 he moved to Milan where he was introduced by an acquaintance, Felice Ferri industrialist in the silk business in Milan, in the law firm of attorney Boniforti where he started working as apprentice, in Via Ancona, close to via San Marco. That’s where he met his peer Luigi Bianchi who would later on become his law firm partner of a lifetime. Erminio Giovanardi left the firm of attorney Boniforti in 1909 after obtaining his qualification as lawyer and decided to start his own law firm in Via Dante no. 4. His friend Bianchi followed him after few years when Boniforti retired and left him his firm, of which there’s still a bronze bas relief plaque.
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”.