Crowell & Moring is merging with 61-attorney IP boutique Brinks Gilson & Lione in Chicago, the firms said, allowing the Washington, D.C.-based firm to enter the Midwest and the opportunity to significantly boost its tech practices.

With the move, effective July 1, Crowell gains immediate offices in Brinks’ locations in Chicago and Indianapolis, the firms announced Thursday. Crowell is also seeking regulatory approval for legal services in Shenzhen, China, where Brinks has been operating since 2017. In all, the combined firm will have more than 625 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. Firm leaders declined to comment on combined firm revenue.

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