In one of the largest actions of its kind, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and Hale and Dorr will merge into a single firm of more than 1,000 lawyers. The move comes as partner defections and practice disruptions elsewhere have seemed to cool enthusiasm for such unions. However, the two firms' chairmen noted there were similar cultures and few conflicts of interest in this case. Adds Wilmer Chairman William J. Perlstein: "We all recognize the work is just beginning."
Wilmer Cutler Joins Forces With Hale and Dorr
New York Law Journal
April 20, 2004