Choate Hall & Stewart LLP is a Boston-based law firm. The firm was founded in 1898 by Charles F. Choate Jr. and John Hall, later joined by Ralph A. Stewart. One case of Choates distinguished legal career was as lead counsel for the defendant United States Industrial Alcohol Company following the Great Molasses Flood of 1919. Choate argued forcefully (but unsuccessfully) that the catastrophic failure of the huge molasses tank was caused by anarchists rather than misfeasance on the part of the defendant. Poet Archibald MacLeish practiced at the firm for three years in the early 1920s.