Hoping to mirror the success fellow Dallas firm Gardere & Wynne has enjoyed through its merger with a Houston firm and to establish a viable presence in South Texas, Dallas’ Thompson & Knight announced its long-pending merger with Brown, Parker & Leahy July 16.

That’s right – for the first time in its 102 years, conservative Thompson & Knight will merge with another firm. It’s not a decision either firm took lightly, negotiating the deal for 18 months, calling it off when a conflict arose and even bringing in an ethics professor. But now the case in question has settled, the firms have their clients’ blessing and they’re ready to move in together.