Burr Foreman


The Birmingham, Ala.-based regional firm experienced another year of strong revenue growth in 2012 and the firm’s leadership looks toward continued improvement in the economy this year. Atlanta managing partner Erich N. Durlacher predicted a continued thaw in 2013 after a multiyear winter of relatively little activity in mergers and acquisition and corporate lending. “Meanwhile, we anticipate real estate finance and construction to outperform 2012, and energy will make its way into the spotlight,” Durlacher said. “We also believe the uptick in all areas of health care, including lending, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance, will only get hotter. Similarly, given the continued uncertainty in the economy, including the effect health care reform and other significant reform will have on it, we believe regulatory and compliance will be huge this year.” Durlacher also said that life sciences and health care will get a great deal of attention on the litigation side, as well as intellectual property and commercial litigation.

—Reported by Am Law

*Variances shown are in comparison to 2011.

Revenue $120,000,000 9.6%
Revenue per Lawyer $480,000 2.1%
Profit per equity partner $470,000 2.2%

Total lawyers 249 17
Atlanta lawyers 39.39/16% 3.41  
Partners 145 9
Equity partners 109 7
Atlanta size rank among firm’s offices   No. 2


Atlanta Gas Light, BB&T Corp., Capital One, CitiFinancial, The Coca-Cola Co., CVS/Caremark Corp., Dillard’s Inc., Flournoy Development Co., Georgia Pacific Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Honda North America Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, PNC Bank, Rock-Tenn Co., SunTrust Bank, Synovus Bank, Thyssen­Krupp Steel USA LLC, Wells Fargo



Atlanta (39), Birmingham, Ala. (128), Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (3), Jackson, Miss. (7), Mobile, Ala. (23), Montgomery, Ala. (2), Nashville, Tenn. (13), Orlando, Fla. (25), Tampa, Fla. (7).



Atlanta— Robert Lockwood, intellectual property, from Miller & Martin; Anton Mertens, immigration, from Smith Gambrell & Russell

• In 2012, most of the firm’s growth occurred in Florida, where Burr & Forman acquired the Tampa-based firm Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady. That acquisition enabled Burr & Forman to add Florida offices in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale to its existing office in Orlando. Of the 17 lawyers added to the firm’s total head count between 2011 and 2012, 11 went to work for Burr & Forman’s Fort Lauderdale and Tampa offices.

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