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Dinsmore adds Thompson Coburn team to growing Chicago office; new partner is now chief there

Posted May 6, 2014 3:50 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A onetime associate of Dinsmore & Shohl has returned to his former firm as a partner in charge of its new Chicago office.

After a nearly 10-year stint at Thompson Coburn, where he became a corporate partner, Robert “Bobby” Lucas led a three other Thompson Coburn lawyers, including two partners, back to Dinsmore. The more than 500-attorney Cincinnati-based business firm acquired a Chicago office earlier this year when it merged with bond counsel Peck Shaffer & Williams. But the Chicago office of Peck Shaffer was not large, with only two lawyers prior to the merger and one afterward.

Now, with the four lawyers from Thompson Coburn and an associate from another firm joining the remaining Peck Shaffer attorney in Chicago, "we've got the office filled at this point" with six practitioners, Lucas told the ABA Journal on Tuesday.

However, he said he expects further growth, as opportunities arise, "fairly conservatively, making smart hires" but, at the same time, "as soon as possible, frankly." Lucas also says he expects to seek more office space, either in the firm's current location in the Bank of America building on LaSalle Street or elsewhere.

"We're looking to grow and grow in the near term," he told the ABA Journal. He declined to estimate how big the office could get, explaining "I don't think there's any parameters around it ... as large as makes sense in Chicago."

A law firm press release provides further details.

Hat tip: Cincinnati Business Courier.

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