K&L Gates may finally get its wish to be in the Windy City. The firm has announced that it is in late-stage talks with Chicago-based Bell Boyd & Lloyd that, if approved by the partnership, would see the two firms merge in the first quarter of 2009. One recruiter said a global, 2,000-lawyer firm would be a "pretty safe place to practice in this economy." Another recruiter warned that Bell Boyd valued its work-life balance options and, if the culture at K&L Gates is more aggressive, the match may not work well.
K&L Gates Looks to Enter Chicago With Bell Boyd Merger
The Legal Intelligencer
December 5, 2008