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2 Midwestern law firms will combine to form new nearly 400-lawyer firm

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Midwestern firms Lathrop Gage and Gray Plant Mooty have agreed to merge into a law firm that will have nearly 400 lawyers and 14 offices across nine states and the District of Columbia.

The merger will take place Jan. 1, the law firms said in an Oct. 31 press release. The new firm will be called Lathrop GPM. The American Lawyer and Bloomberg Law have coverage.

The combined firm will have offices from coast to coast, including Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Chicago and St. Louis. It would be the 113th largest law firm based on head count and rank 140th based on gross revenue.

According to the American Lawyer, the combination extends “a streak of Midwest law firm mergers.” Others include the merger between Taft Stettinius & Hollister and Briggs and Morgan, and the merger of Dentons with two law firms—Bingham Greenebaum Doll and Cohen & Grigsby.

The article cites information from legal consulting firm Altman Weil. It found that every law firm merger announced this year involving a law firm with more than 100 lawyers has had a Midwest link.

Lathrop Gage is based in Kansas City, Missouri. It has 240 lawyers and 10 offices. Gray Plant Mooty is based in Minneapolis. It has 155 lawyers and four offices.

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