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Lathrop & Gage to Merge with Denver Law Firm

Lathrop & Gage is merging with Denver law firm Kamlet Reichert, giving it 37 lawyers in the city.

The merged firm, which will keep the Lathrop & Gage name, will be among Colorado’s largest 20 law firms, the Denver Post reports.

Lathrop & Gage chief executive Joel Voran told the Post that the merger is a great fit because of Kamlet Reichert’s strong corporate and real-estate practices. “We just thought it would be a great combination,” he said.

Kamlet Reichert will also benefit, partner Jay Kamlet told the newspaper, because the merger “really brings us areas we weren’t able to do before—oil and gas and intellectual property,”

A Kamlet Reichert founder, Willie Shepherd, was in the news in March 2009 when Perkins Coie had announced his hiring with some fanfare, then said he won’t be joining the firm after all. He was later censured for inflating the number of women and minorities who held equity stakes in his former firm, then known as Kamlet, Shepherd & Reichert, in an effort to win legal work from DuPont.

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