‘Supercharged’: Lewis Wagner combination designed to bolster firm’s probate practice
Attorneys at Hewitt Law & Mediation have combined with Lewis Wagner, effective March 1.Read More
Cultural cohesion: As law firms combine, they retain talent by making sure cultures fit
Law offices are paying very close attention to culture and personalities when courting a merger partner.Read More
Appetite for more: Expansions by 2 Indy law firms reflect legal industry’s focus on growth
September began with two law firms that have offices in Indiana announcing they were expanding into new markets, providing another indication of the legal industry’s increasing appetite and pressure to get bigger.Read More
Quarles & Brady LLP, a Milwaukee-based law firm with an office in Indianapolis, is combining with Denver-based Adsero IP, an intellectual property law firm, effective March 1. The deal marks Quarles’ second combination in as many months.
Frost Brown Todd is starting out 2023 on a high note with a recent merger with California-based AlvaradoSmith. Effective the first of the year, it brings two strong, regional law firms into one national firm with a coast-to-coast footprint.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, which has three Indiana offices, started the new year with a merger with Mulvaney Barry Beatty Linn & Mayers LLP in San Diego, along with a new chair.
Quarles & Brady, which has an office in Indianapolis, is combining with the California law firm of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP on New Year’s Day — expanding Quarles’ national footprint to 500 attorneys across 11 U.S. locations.
Frost Brown Todd enters California market: Combination with AlvaradoSmith bolsters firm to 575-plus attorneys, 17 offices
Frost Brown Todd and California-based AlvaradoSmith willl combine on Jan. 1, 2023, and will have more than 575 attorneys in 17 offices across nine states, including, Indiana and Washington, D.C.
Frost Brown Todd, which has more than 500 attorneys in 14 markets including Indiana, is expanding to the West Coast through a merger with California-based AlvaradoSmith, one of the nation’s largest minority-owned and operated law firms. The combination will become effective Jan. 1, 2023.
SmithAmundsen preparing to complete first combo: Combined firm of Amundsen Davis will have 230 attorneys across 12 offices
SmithAmundsen, which has an office in Indianapolis, is expanding its capacity by entering into its first combination with an entire law firm, which will place the new entity among the largest 200 law firms in the U.S.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s entrance into the Detroit market is another step toward the firm’s goal, adopted more than a decade ago, of becoming a “dominant middle-market regional law firm.”
Taft Stettinius & Hollister is expanding into the Michigan market through the merger announced today with Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, the seventh-largest law firm in Detroit.
For years, Katz Korin Cunningham turned down invitations from larger firms to discuss merging, saying it was happiest being independent. But in Stoll Keenon Ogden, it found a like-minded partner that had also spurned combination offers and took pride in being self-made.
Golden combo: At 2-year anniversary, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum ‘very, very happy’ with Project Golden Spike
With Project Golden Spike, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum is outperforming the market in the growth of its lawyer headcount. The firm launched the Golden Spike initiative in January 2020.
Law firms completed 41 mergers in 2021. The total was up slightly from 40 in 2020, but well below the historical average of 55 mergers per year over the previous decade. Despite the slow down, Indiana’s legal community still saw some combinations take place during the pandemic.
Through its acquisition of the Institute for the Future of Law Practice in late 2020, the Law School Admission Council is continuing to branch out from its traditional LSAT test administration role and offer more legal skills programming at its online platform LawHub. The new curriculum coming from IFLP is touted as helping to better prepare law students and lawyers for the demands of today’s marketplace.
When Clendening Johnson & Bohrer merged with Hehner & Associates on March 15, 2020, just days before the lockdown, it was unimaginable how the practice of law would change between then and now.