Leading Silicon Valley law firm Cooley Godward has agreed to merge with New York litigation boutique Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman to create a national firm of 550 lawyers.

The merger, which will become effective Oct. 1, ends Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cooley’s long quest for a substantial New York presence. One of the iconic firms of the dot-com boom, 440-lawyer Cooley has sought over the past several years to reposition itself as a national, full-service firm.

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