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Partners aren’t wasting any time setting up a new shop from the debris of Arter & Hadden. Arter will cease operations July 15. On the next day, about 100 Arter lawyers will start up a new Cleveland-based firm: Tucker Ellis & West. Richard Dean, a senior partner in Arter’s D.C. office, will move to Cleveland to join the new firm. The new firm does not have plans for a D.C. office. One of the new firm’s name partners, Kim West, will manage the San Francisco office, according to Robert Tucker, a Cleveland-based name partner of Tucker Ellis. Also moving to the new firm are 16 of the 34 lawyers in Arter’s Los Angeles office, as well as 70 of the 75 lawyers in Cleveland, Tucker says. The firm was stuck paying for an infrastructure to support its 1999 peak of 425 lawyers, though its head count had shrunk to its current size of 250 lawyers. Firm managers had revealed to partners in mid-June that they were trying to renegotiate several of the firm’s leases to bring costs down. Those efforts failed, and on June 27, with just two weeks of operating capital remaining, the firm notified employees the firm would close. The new firm lists as clients the United Technologies Corp., Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Renee Deger is a senior reporter at The Recorder in San Francisco. Legal Times reporter Lily Henning contributed to this article.

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