Business of Law

As 6 Connolly Bove Partners Exit for BigLaw Firms, IP 'Super-Boutique' Merger with Novak on Track


Although Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz has lost at least six partners to major general practice law firms since announcing an expected merger with Novak Druce + Quigg a month ago, that has not affected the two law firms’ plan to merge into an intellectual property “super-boutique” that would be one of the largest in the U.S.

Managing partners for both firms told Reuters that the partner departures were routine exits that commonly occur after merger announcements, when partners opt to pursue a different path, and have not changed the their plan to meld into Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg on Jan. 1, 2013.

When the combination takes effect, the two firms should have a total attorney roster of around 120 or more lawyers. However, leaders have said they hope to expand to 200 attorneys in the foreseeable future.

For more details about where the departing Connolly Bove partners are headed, read the full Reuters article.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Expected Merger Would Create IP ‘Super-Boutique’”

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