Saul Ewing LLP, Philadelphia and Arnstein & Lehr LLP announced their two partnerships merged effective September 1.
Saul Ewing operates an office in Wilmington.
The merger is believed to the largest to date in 2017 among U.S. law firms.
Now known as Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, the merger creates a firm with 400-plus attorneys.
The firm’s 15 offices stretch down the East Coast from Boston to Miami and extend into the Midwest by way of Chicago.
“For many years, Saul Ewing looked for the right growth opportunity that would build on our special culture and passion for putting clients first,” stated Barry F. Levin, who will serve as the combined firm’s managing partner. “We immediately found that same client commitment with Arnstein & Lehr. Our success will continue to be built on knowing our clients’ businesses, understanding their industries and delivering our services effectively and efficiently.”
“Our combined experience, depth of talent, and commitment to serve our clients as our No. 1 priority have come together to form an even more energized, ambitious and results-driven firm,” said Jeffrey B. Shapiro, the former Managing Partner of Arnstein & Lehr who will continue to lead the firm’s Miami office and will serve on the combined firm’s executive committee. “We are dedicated to being one of America’s great law firms.”
Saul Ewing and Arnstein & Lehr have several shared clients who will now have the benefit of working with both firms under the same umbrella. The firm also expects that its wider geographic reach and broader capabilities will allow it to expand its work for its existing clients.
Saul Ewing joins the merger with 11 offices from Boston to Washington, D.C., and west to Pittsburgh.
Saul Ewing has served clients throughout the United States and internationally, with an emphasis on those in the higher education, insurance, life science and energy industries. The merger deepens Saul Ewing’s bench in several key practice areas, including bankruptcy, business and finance, litigation, and real estate and opens up new practice areas including immigration and foreign investment, a release stated.
The merger deepens Saul Ewing’s bench in several key practice areas, including bankruptcy, business and finance, litigation, and real estate and opens up new practice areas including immigration and foreign investment.
Based in Illinois and Florida, Arnstein & Lehr is one of the country’s oldest law firms. Founded in 1893, the firm has served clients of all sizes throughout the U.S. and abroad, with attorneys practicing in five main practice areas – business, litigation, local government, tax and estate planning and real estate. In addition to deepening its bench in those core areas, for Arnstein & Lehr, the merger provides a long-sought presence on the East Coast (including in Delaware for its bankruptcy practitioners) and strengthens the firm’s intellectual property offerings.
For Arnstein & Lehr, the merger provides a long-sought presence on the East Coast (including in Delaware for its bankruptcy practitioners) and strengthens the firm’s intellectual property offerings, the release stated.