Law Firm Mergers Jumped 54 Percent In 2011: Survey

Law360, New York (January 5, 2012, 5:29 PM EST) -- Law firm merger activity, which had all but dried up during the recession, made a big jump in 2011, according to a legal management firm that tracks mergers among U.S.-based firms.

There were 60 mergers involving U.S. law firms in 2011, a 54 percent increase from the 39 mergers in 2010 and the highest total since 2008, according to Altman Weil Inc.

The biggest merger of 2011 came at the beginning of the year, when DLA Piper and Australian firm DLA Phillips Fox joined forces to...
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