Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Buchanan Ingersoll talking merger with Florida law firm

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a Pittsburgh-based law firm with more than 80 lawyers in Philadelphia and offices in 15 locations including Harrisburg, Pa., Newark and Princeton, NJ and Wilmington DE, is in merger talks with Tampa, Florida’s Fowler White Boggs, according to reports in the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Buchanan Ingersoll provides legal services to a wide variety of industries, including chemicals, coal, energy and real estate. The firm already has Florida locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Fowler White has almost 100 lawyers in five Florida sites, so the combined firm would have 550 lawyers.
"We have had inquiries from a number of firms wishing to expand into Florida recently," Fowler White chair and CEO Rhea Law told the Tampa Bay Business Journal. "Our discussions with Buchanan have pointed out a number of similarities between our firms - our reputation, commitment to clients, culture as well as the desire to grow in Florida."
There's no definitive agreement, she said.

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