Ropes & Gray answers the questions "What was the preferred means of dispensing justice in the 19th century?" and "What color suits were the trial lawyers wearing?" Actually, Ropes & Gray, one of Boston's largest law firms, is named after Harvard Law School graduates John Ropes and John Gray, who founded it in 1865. The firm, which has more than 1,100 attorneys at more than 10 offices, is a leader in areas such as leveraged buyouts, trusts and estates, and health care. Other practices include creditors' rights, labor and employment, litigation, and tax.