Question of the Week

What do you think has been the most successful law firm merger, past or present?

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There’s been plenty of talk about law firm mergers this year, from the continuing saga of the Dewey & Leboeuf collapse to the hopeful new combinations of Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman and the “nonmerger” of Morgan Lewis Bockius absorbing much of Bingham McCutchen.

As the year ends, it appears the number of law firm mergers might approach the 2013 record of 88.

So we were wondering, what do you think might be the most successful law firm merger, past or present? Could it be back when Samuel Blatchford and William Seward joined to create what has become Cravath, Swaine & Moore? Or do you place your bet on something more recent, like the creation of Norton Rose Fulbright? Tell us what law firm marriage you think has worked best, in what way and why.

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Do you check work email outside of business hours? If so, when do you unplug, if ever?

Featured answer:

Posted by Jeffrey Rabin: “I’m an Orthodox Jew, so I unplug every week for 25 hours for Jewish Sabbath. And, when there are Jewish holidays, sometimes I’m unplugged for 72 consecutive hours. I get antsy and nervous with such a long break, but I’ve explained the situation with my colleagues, clients, other counsel (I’m a transactional attorney), giving everyone lots of notice and myself lots of lead time, and it works out fine.”

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