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Schiff Hardin law firm. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM< Schiff Hardin law firm. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Chicago-based Schiff Hardin, after declining revenue and lateral departures in recent years, is seeking a merger partner, according to several sources, including one who identified Washington, D.C.-based Arent Fox as a current suitor to Schiff. 

Two Chicago recruiters said it is widely known in the city’s legal circles that Schiff is pursuing discussions over possible combinations. Another source, a leader at a separate firm in D.C., indicated Schiff was speaking with Arent Fox, but it’s not clear how advanced the discussions are.

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers change and innovation in the legal services market, and writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on these subjects. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter at @packeld

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