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Benesch Friedlander Snaps Up Century-Old Indy Firm

Posted Mar 3, 2010 7:36 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Cleveland-based Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff announced this week that it has merged with Indianapolis-based Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman as part of its continuing growth strategy.

Benesch now counts 145 attorneys and 288 support staff in seven offices in the United States and Shanghai, according to a news release.

The merger, which took effect Monday, means the 26-lawyer Dann Pecar firm will now operate as Benesch/Dann Pecar.

Dann Pecar traces its roots in Indianapolis nearly 100 years, having been founded in 1911, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Benesch Managing Partner Ira Kaplan put the merger in context of his firm's overall growth strategy.

"Our strategic plan calls for growth in core practices and Benesch and Dann Pecar match up very well in that regard. It also is important to us to expand our Midwest presence which provides us with broader reach and depth to better serve our clients," he said.

The firm is especially focused on beefing up is practices in real estate, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, transportation and construction, intellectual property law, health care, labor, public finance and commercial finance.

In addition to the Indianapolis acquisition, Benesch has added 17 lawyers in its core practice areas, launched new practice groups and opened an office in New York.

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