The partnerships of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP are pleased to announce that the firms will merge on October 1, 2011. The new firm, with 14 offices and 650 lawyers, will be known as Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP will offer integrated services across a core group of disciplines in which the legacy firms have long enjoyed premier reputations: corporate and financial transactions, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance, and intellectual property. The client base will consist of Fortune 500 companies, government, non-profit institutions and other private businesses.
“This is a transformative moment for both firms,” said Walter G.D. Reed, the managing partner of EAPD. “In this competitive market, clients expect their preferred law firms to deliver a full range of legal services in a variety of geographies. This combination enhances our already-strong capabilities and establishes a solid foundation for continued growth.”
In addition to their shared commitment to client service, both firms share a tradition of collegiality, teamwork and entrepreneurship. The firms’ lawyers, drawn from the diverse range of backgrounds that mirrors their clientele, will continue to play a leading role in pro bono and community service.
Walter Reed will serve as the managing partner of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Robert Shuftan will serve as deputy managing partner and chair of the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee. Judith Hurley will serve as chief operating officer.
The website for the new firm will be www.edwardswildman.com. For additional information, please follow us on Twitter at @edwardswildman for merger-related developments.