The leaders of two top law firms will join forces at the start of the New Year. Partners at Locke Lord LLP and Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP have approved the move that will combine the firms, which will create a practice that comprises about 1,000 lawyers in 23 offices around the world. 

The new firm, which will become Locke Lord Edwards LLP, will be led by Jerry Clements, who has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, to name just a few accolades bestowed on her. Alan Levin, who currently serves as managing partner of Edwards Wildman, and with Locke Lord’s Dan Schlessinger and Bill Swanstrom will serve as the vice chairs of Locke Lord Edwards. 

Through the merger of the two firms, Locke Edwards LLP will have a stronger domestic and global footprint, an increased team of lawyers who will have the ability to represent private equity and venture capital clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, telecommunications and technology.

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“This combination will enhance our position in the top tier of U.S. law firms and significantly strengthen our position and product offerings in the middle market,” Clements said. “It will allow us to brand that identity in the global marketplace with a major presence in the Northeast and a stronger footprint in the Midwest, West Coast and Southeast regions of the United States, as well as in Asia.

“This combination appropriately propels us into the future with an exceptionally fine group of lawyers in important practice areas, sectors and geographic areas where we want and need to be in order to best serve our clients. We share the same vision and strategy, and now will work together across all markets,” added Clements. 

Through the merger, Locke Lord Edwards will have a significant operation in Boston with approximately 150 lawyers as well as in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey. The new combined firm will also expand its footprint in Chicago, New York and Washington, DC as well as in California and in the Southeast with offices in Atlanta, Miami and West Palm Beach. On the international stage, the combined firms will have strong presence in Asia with offices in Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Tokyo. 

Further, London will continue to be a strong point of focus as well as a cornerstone of growth for the firm 

Locke Lord was founded in 1891, and has grown leaps and bounds in its 100-plus year history included strategic lateral hires and mergers that took place in 1987, 1999, and 2007. The firm has consistently ranked among The American Lawyer’s top 100 U.S. law firms.

Edwards Wildman traces its roots back to 1880, and is a full-service, internationally renowned law firm, and has also been ranked in The American Lawyer’s top 100 U.S. law firms.