Asbestos has long been a moneymaker at Swidler Berlin. But the firm’s prized practice isn’t worth enough to its merger partner Bingham McCutchen, which has pushed Swidler’s 10-lawyer bankruptcy group out of the planned union.

The reason: More than a third of the bankruptcy practice involves representing companies on asbestos claims, which conflicts with Bingham’s work for insurance companies in asbestos cases.

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