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18 lawyers from dwindling Johnston Barton join Birmingham, Ala., office of Butler Snow

Posted Mar 5, 2014 2:45 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After adding attorneys last month in Denver, Georgia and New York, a nearly 300-attorney law firm with offices throughout the south is expanding again.

A group of 18 attorneys is joining the Birmingham, Ala., office of Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada from Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, the Nashville Post reports. Another lawyer has recently joined the Butler Snow office there, bringing the total number of new hires to 19, the article notes.

A Butler Snow press release provides additional details about the 19 lawyers, who will comprise the majority of those in the now 24-attorney Birmingham office. The 280-attorney firm has 12 offices in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and five more offices in Denver, New York City, Pennsylvania and London, its website says.

Johnston Barton has lost a number of lawyers recently and may be winding up its operations, AL.com reported last month.

"We had 40 lawyers 18 months ago; we have 25 now, and we expect others to leave in the next 30 days, either to join other firms, go in-house corporate or into solo practice," said managing partner David W. Proctor of the Johnston firm in an email.

The Associated Press also has a story.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Adding 37 Lawyers in Nashville Is ‘Just the Start’ Says Butler Snow Chair; More Growth Planned"

ABAJournal.com: "Southern regional firm raids Butler Snow for lawyers to establish new Memphis, Tenn., office"

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