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Aug 06, 2013


Are We a Suitable Candidate for a Traditional Law Firm Merger?

Question:

Our firm is a 22 attorney firm located in Pittsburgh. While we represent both individuals and businesses our focus is on small business representation. During the past few years we have come upon hard times. We have lost several partners and a couple of business clients and we have a few partners coming up for retirement over the next few years. Several of our senior partners have suggested that we might be a merger candidate for a large law firm. What are your thoughts?

Response:

Don't count on a larger law firm coming to your rescue unless:

  1. You have a practice that is strategically important to the larger firm (all practice areas).
  2. You have an exceptional bench of superior lawyer talent with mixed age spread.
  3. Your firm has had exceptional financial performance and on a par with the larger firm.
  4. Your billing rates, methods, and practices are on a par with the larger firm.
  5. Your partner earnings are on a par with the larger firm.

Unless the above ingredients are in place the firm may not be a suitable candidate for merger or it might find that the larger firm cherry picks some of the key partners off one by one.

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John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

 


Posted at 07:39 PM in Mergers
Tags: Law firm mergers

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