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Cooley to add 54 lawyers to DC office, thanks to Dow Lohnes merger

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Reputed to be on the lookout for a merger partner, Dow Lohnes has not only found one but will soon tie the knot.

In twin press releases Tuesday, Cooley and Dow Lohnes announced that the Silicon Valley powerhouse is adding the D.C.-based regulatory firm’s 54 Washington attorneys to its office in the nation’s headquarters as of Jan. 1.

The acquisition does not include lawyers in the Atlanta offices of Dow Lohnes, the Washington Business Journal notes.

The merger will increase Cooley’s attorney roster in D.C. to about 130, the Blog of Legal Times reports. Cooley has 11 offices in the U.S. and a 12th in Shanghai.

The Capitol Business page of the Washington Post (reg. req.) also has a story.

Both Joseph Conroy, the CEO of Cooley, and managing partner John Byrnes of Dow Lohnes praised the melding of the intellectual property and start-up expertise that helped make the 700-attorney California-based Cooley a major name and D.C.-based Dow Lohnes’ regulatory strengths.

“Cooley is the go-to firm for innovative, high-growth companies,” said managing partner John Byrnes of Dow Lohnes. “Combined with our regulatory experience across communications, higher education and media, stretching back decades, we can now offer our clients a far broader and deeper range of skill sets in litigation, transactional and IP work. At Dow Lohnes, we have always prided ourselves on evolving with our clients, and this opportunity is the next step in our evolution. In Cooley we have found the perfect partner—a firm with fantastic lawyers who can serve the full spectrum of our clients’ most important legal needs, and a cherished culture of teamwork and transparency. We could not be more excited about our common future.”

See also: “Dow Lohnes said to be in merger talks after losing more than half its lawyers”

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