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Today’s our 30th anniversary!

Exactly 30 years ago today, we started our history. Morten Steenstrup established the firm on a beautiful May day in 1989 and today we are celebrating our anniversary by looking back at the history of SANDS. At the same time, we are excited about everything lying ahead of us.

We have been through an exciting journey, but have not yet reached our goal, because our goal is continuously changing, and we are continuing our journey towards new mountains to be climbed. All of us at SANDS are excited about the future!

Read Morten’s story about how it all started and where we are today.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

30 years ago today – 22 May 1989 – I realised my dream. I became an entrepreneur and started the law firm Steenstrup. After eight years as a MP in the Norwegian Parliament,  Stortinget, State Secretary for Minister of Finance Rolf Presthus and Prime Minister Kåre Willoch, I had decided. I wanted to create something – I wanted to develop a law firm from the beginning. Thus, I quit politics. Even back then, my goal was to create one of Norway’s leading law firms. Ove-Marthin Granlund became a part of the team from the very beginning, and is still an active partner. However, my most important coworker and most patient supporter was my wife Kari. She has listened to my plans, discussed development, listened to our concerns about whether we would be able to get enough assignments and she accepted that a 24/7 effort is what it takes to succeed.

After 10 years, Bjørn Stordrange joined the team. At that time, we were over 30 attorneys. Bjørn and I were MP’s in the Standing Committee on Justice in the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget together. There, our pictures still hang on the wall of elective representatives coming in in 1981. Our pictures are right next to each other. Therefore, it was almost like it was a given for the firm to become Steenstrup Stordrange.

We continued the incredible development. During the last few years, under the management of Managing Partner Ernst Ravnaas, we have taken new, important steps in our development. 

We were just rated as one of Norway’s top five most attractive law firms for current students to work in. We have offices in Oslo, Tønsberg, Stavanger, Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim and Tromsø with more than 160 attorneys and over 200 employees in total. Thus, we truly are a nationwide law firm in Norway.

We are currently in the process of making ourselves known under the brand name SANDS – which simply stands for Steenstrup AND Stordrange.

This incredible story had not been possible to tell without all the fantastic colleagues we have worked with throughout these years. A total of several thousand colleagues have contributed to develop and create this company over 30 years. You all share a part of the success. Thank you all so much for your efforts! I also want to thank all the clients who have engaged us and who have been a decisive factor to our current success and status.

Is it any wonder I am a proud and grateful entrepreneur? It has been an incredible journey!


Morten Steenstrup