The Am Law Daily began hearing rumors of it last week, and now sources at both firms confirm it: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe have begun merger talks. Spokespersons for both Akin and Orrick tell us that the two firms have held "preliminary" talks. The combined firm would have 1,800 lawyers worldwide -- but considering Orrick's failed dalliances with at least six other firms over the years, any merger is far from a done deal.
Orrick, Akin Gump in Merger Talks
The American Lawyer
September 29, 2010