Midwest Firms Merge, Up Ante to 330 Attorneys

A small Chicago firm is merging with a larger St. Louis law shop, creating a new midsize firm in Chicago and strengthening the St. Louis firm’s hand against a competitor that had already established a significant presence in the nation’s Second City.

FagelHaber, with a 40-attorney roster headed by partners in their sixties, is joining with St. Louis-based Thompson Coburn, reports the Chicago Tribune. The two have complementary areas of expertise, says Tom Minogue, who chairs the St. Louis firm: FagelHaber is known for its transactional work, while Thompson Coburn is stronger in business litigation and intellectual property.

The merger is expected to be complete by the end of this summer. Rival St. Louis-based law firm Bryan Cave established a Chicago office six years ago.

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