Alabama firm part of Dentons’ expansion

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Dentons’ Project Golden Spike initiative launched by the combination with the former Bingham Greenebaum Doll is preparing to roll through Alabama with plans to combine with Sirote & Permutt, a law firm with five locations in the state and 86 attorneys.

The merger will be the fifth combination as part of Project Golden Spike, an initiative that is set on creating the first national U.S. law firm. Bingham Greenebaum in Indianapolis and Cohen & Grigsby in Pennsylvania are the founding members of the Project, which was announced in October 2019.

“Across the U.S., law firms continue to see the benefits of our Golden Spike model and the combination with Sirote – our fifth Golden Spike combination – continues our trajectory to better serve our clients’ needs across the 100 largest legal markets in the U.S.,” said Toby McClamroch, managing partner of Dentons’ United States Region.

Earlier this month, Dentons announced a combination with Iowa-based Davis Brown.

Sirote, founded after World War II, has offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, the Shoals and Mobile. Its lawyers have deep experience across 11 discrete practice areas including banking and finance, corporate and securities, government contracts, and real estate.

Like Dentons, Sirote has made diversity and inclusion in the workplace a pillar of the firm since opening its doors almost 75 years ago. In 1978 the firm hired its first female lawyer who subsequently became one of Alabama’s first female law firm partners.

A few years later, Sirote became the first major law firm in Alabama to welcome an African American partner. Today, Sirote’s professionals are actively involved in community organizations and initiatives that promote understanding and cultivate unity.

“We are delighted to be combining with Dentons, a firm that shares our common zeal for providing superior service to clients, now and in the future,” Todd Carlisle, president of Sirote, said in a statement. “By joining Dentons through the Golden Spike model, our clients will continue to work with the Sirote lawyers they know and trust, as well as having access to additional talent and innovative solutions to help them achieve their objectives in a rapidly evolving business climate.”

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