Dan McMahon
Dan McMahon (Courtesy photo)

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker announced Monday that it had teamed up with three other international insurance law firms to form a new alliance aimed at providing seamless legal services to the insurance sector around the globe.

“To the extent that we can form this affiliation with firms in other jurisdictions and provide more effective solutions for our clients, while still maintaining that independence that we’re best in our regions for what we do, we think we can give the clients the best of all worlds,” said Wilson Elser chairman Daniel McMahon.

The new alliance, dubbed Legalign Global, is made up of Wilson Elser, British firm DAC Beachcroft, Germany’s BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr and Australia’s Wotton + Kearney. While business referrals will be a part of the alliance’s work, one of its primary purposes is to share best practices across jurisdictions that will allow the firms to improve services for clients, McMahon said.

“By providing a global solution to global problems and learning best practices from other firms, we’re going to be in a position to better serve clients,” said McMahon, who has spoken previously about his leadership strategy. “And when you can better serve clients, you strengthen those ties with [them] and you position and differentiate yourself in a competitive marketplace.”

The four insurance firms have been operating in the same circles for many years. But last summer the two European firms approached Wilson Elser about formalizing an alliance between them. That culminated in a Munich meeting in late September that got the project off the ground.

“We quickly realized that we had so many similarities in the problems that we’re addressing, our approach to those problems and our core philosophies as businesses,” McMahon said. “It gained immediate momentum.”

Wilson Elser has about 800 lawyers spread across 30 U.S. offices. Last summer, the firm saw a 24-lawyer lobbying group leave for Jackson Lewis. Wilson Elser has been busy hiring to start the new year, grabbing GrayRobinson insurance litigation partner Benjamin Newman in Orlando and adding insurance regulatory partner Cheryl Yakey in Chicago.

The Legalign alliance—Wilson Elser filed a trademark for the name in early January—will have more than 2,000 lawyers across the four firms that have offices in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Colombia, Chile, Brazil and Australia.

“This is a fantastic move for all four firms,” DAC Beachcroft managing partner David Pollitt told sibling publication LegalWeek on Monday. “We are proud to be a Legalign founding member and excited about the opportunities this arrangement will bring to our clients and to our people in the coming years.”

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