The St. Louis firm, which merged with the former Powell Goldstein, marked its third year in Atlanta last year. Although head count was down, financials were up. "We were fortunate to work on a broad array of transactional and litigation matters during 2011, notwithstanding the uncertain economic climate," said Atlanta managing partner Thomas R. McNeill. "As uncertainty continues into 2012, we see continued pickup in transactional activity fueled by pressures on the private equity market and the possibility of meaningful tax law changes." He added that he expects significant legal work arise from the continuing complexities of the residential mortgage industry and commercial finance restructuring as well as international matters.
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*Variances shown are in comparison to 2010.
|Revenue per lawyer||$630,000||5.9%|
|Profit per equity partner||$770,000||9.2%|
|Atlanta size rank among firms offices||No. 3|
Global Aviation, Kimberly-Clark Corp., The Langdale Co., Neenah Paper, Omega Healthcare Investors Inc., Reliance Trust, Shaw Industries Group Inc.
Atlanta (97.26), Charlotte, N.C. (6.44), Chicago (57.88), Dallas (20.3), Hamburg, Germany (11.79), Hong Kong (4.29), Irvine, Calif. (32.87), Kansas City, Mo. (72.63), London (28.96), Milan, Italy (14), New York (128.66), Paris (8.69), Phoenix (42.82), San Francisco (18.59), Shanghai, China (4.45), St. Louis (228.14), Santa Monica, Calif. (52.13), Washington (64.72)
*Opened in 2011
**Lawyer head counts are based on average, full-calendar year FTEs as of Dec. 31.
Atlanta Mark I. Duedall, bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights, from Hunton & Williams.
Atlanta L. Lin Wood, litigation, to Wood, Hernacki & Evans
The firm grew to 1,100 lawyers after absorbing Denver-based Holme Roberts & Owen on Jan. 1.
Firm chairman Don Lents, in an email to staff, credited the successful integration of Powell Goldstein as a factor driving last year's growth.