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‘A-List’ Firms Talk Merger


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In 1918, the last year the Red Sox won it all, Richard Hale and Dudley Dorr merged their firms to form Hale and Dorr, which grew into one of Boston’s largest and most prestigious law firms. Now the partners who followed Mr. Hale and Mr. Dorr are moving toward a new merger, one that would double the size of their firm to nearly 1,000 lawyers.

According to executives involved in the negotiations, Hale and Dorr is in serious talks with Wilmer Cutler Pickering, a Washington, D.C., firm that includes Lloyd N. Cutler, former counsel to presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and C. Boyden Gray, counsel to former president George Bush. Both firms have about 500 lawyers and revenues of about $300 million. Wilmer Cutler ranked number 10 on the American Lawyers’ “A-List” of top US law firms; Hale and Dorr was number 13.

Details here from The Boston Globe.


In 1918, the last year the Red Sox won it all, Richard Hale and Dudley Dorr merged their firms to form Hale and Dorr, which grew into one of Boston’s largest and most prestigious law firms. Now the partners who followed Mr. Hale and Mr. Dorr are moving toward a new merger, one that would double the size of their firm to nearly 1,000 lawyers.

According to executives involved in the negotiations, Hale and Dorr is in serious talks with Wilmer Cutler Pickering, a Washington, D.C., firm that includes Lloyd N. Cutler, former counsel to presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and C. Boyden Gray, counsel to former president George Bush. Both firms have about 500 lawyers and revenues of about $300 million. Wilmer Cutler ranked number 10 on the American Lawyers’ “A-List” of top US law firms; Hale and Dorr was number 13.

Details here from The Boston Globe.

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