The combination expands Washington-based Arnold & Porter’s West Coast presence and provides San Francisco-based Howard Rice’s clients with national and international capabilities, the firms said today in a statement.
“We are not only strengthening our presence in California, but we are doing it with individuals who complement the skill sets we offer elsewhere in the firm,” Arnold & Porter Chairman Tom Milch said in the statement.
Doug Winthrop, chairman for Howard Rice, said that although the 57-year-old firm had preferred to remain independent in the past, the merger opportunity “was too good to pass up.”
Arnold & Porter has 700 lawyers working in nine offices across the U.S. and Europe. Howard Rice has 82 attorneys in just one office, said John Buchanan, a firm spokesman. About 26 staff members will be cut as a result of the merger, Buchanan said.
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