PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saul Ewing LLP and Arnstein & Lehr LLP announce their two partnerships merged effective September 1, 2017. Now known as Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, the combination creates a firm with 400-plus attorneys with expanded capabilities, greater depth in key practice areas and a continued focus on core industries including energy, higher education, insurance and life sciences. Its 15 offices stretch down the East Coast from Boston to Miami and extend into the Midwest by way of Chicago. A client-centric commitment to excellence will continue to be the core operating principle of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr.
“For many years, Saul Ewing looked for the right growth opportunity that would build on our special culture and passion for putting clients first,” said Barry F. Levin, who will serve as the combined firm’s Managing Partner. “We immediately found that same client commitment with Arnstein & Lehr. Our success will continue to be built on knowing our clients’ businesses, understanding their industries and delivering our services effectively and efficiently.”
“Our combined experience, depth of talent, and commitment to serve our clients as our No. 1 priority have come together to form an even more energized, ambitious and results-driven firm,” said Jeffrey B. Shapiro, the former Managing Partner of Arnstein & Lehr who will continue to lead the firm’s Miami office and will serve on the combined firm’s executive committee. “We are dedicated to being one of America’s great law firms.”
Saul Ewing and Arnstein & Lehr have several shared clients who will now have the benefit of working with both firms under the same umbrella. The firm also expects that its wider geographic reach, deeper bench and broader capabilities will allow it to expand its work for its existing clients.
Asked to comment on the merger, Andrew M. Wasserman, Willis Towers Watson's General Counsel for North America, responded, "We have worked with the lawyers at Saul Ewing for over 20 years – they are true client advocates. With the continuing growth of our U.S. operations, we are excited about the expanded geographic footprint and enhanced capabilities that Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr now offers."
“Having two powerhouse firms like Saul Ewing and Arnstein & Lehr under one roof collaborating on our matters is a huge plus for us,” said Robert Honig, General Counsel, Thornton Tomasetti.
Linda Madway, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for ShopCore Properties, LP, added, “With a deeper bench and a greater geographic area, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr will provide an opportunity to offer us even more comprehensive service and in more locations.”
Saul Ewing joins the merger with 11 offices from Boston to Washington, D.C., and west to Pittsburgh. A full-service law firm, Saul Ewing has served clients throughout the United States and internationally, with an emphasis on those in the higher education, insurance, life science and energy industries. The merger deepens Saul Ewing’s bench in several key practice areas, including bankruptcy, business and finance, litigation, and real estate and opens up new practice areas including immigration and foreign investment.
Based in Illinois and Florida, Arnstein & Lehr is one of the country’s oldest and most respected law firms. Since its founding in 1893, the firm has served clients of all sizes throughout the U.S. and abroad, with attorneys practicing in five main practice areas – business, litigation, local government, tax and estate planning and real estate. In addition to deepening its bench in those core areas, for Arnstein & Lehr, the merger provides a long-sought presence on the East Coast (including in Delaware for its bankruptcy practitioners) and strengthens the firm’s intellectual property offerings.