Divisive McKenna Merger Vote Raises Risk Of Partner Loss

Law360, New York (November 27, 2013, 7:31 PM EST) -- The failure to merge Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, a plan derailed Tuesday by a block of McKenna partners who faced down broad support for the combination across both firms, puts McKenna at risk for partner defections springing from the kind of divisive vote firm leaders typically go to pains to avoid, experts told Law360.

“In this kind of situation, it’s pretty unusual for the leadership not to know if they had the votes,” said firm consultant Thomas Clay of Altman Weil Inc. “The...
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