K&L Gates, Bell Boyd Eye Merger

Law360, New York (December 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- K&L Gates LLP and Bell Boyd & Lloyd LLP announced Thursday that they are in talks to merge, a move that would create a firm with about 2,000 lawyers on three continents.

Global firm K&L Gates currently has about 1,740 lawyers in its 28 offices, while Chicago-based Bell Boyd has 255 lawyers in its three offices in Chicago, San Diego and Washington. K&L Gates does not have offices in either San Diego or Chicago.

The two firms have been in discussions since the summer, and if...
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