Baker & Hostetler, Carlton Fields Complete Mergers

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Two law firm mergers announced last quarter for firms with Atlanta offices have gone through: Baker & Hostetler's acquisition of Woodcock Washburn and Carlton Fields' combination with Jorden Burt.

Atlanta gains another Am Law 100 firm with Baker & Hostetler's acquisition of Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Woodcock Washburn, which had an Atlanta office.

The deal gives Baker & Hostetler offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seattle, and doubles the size of its IP practice. Baker & Hostetler, based in Cleveland, now has about 870 lawyers in 14 U.S. offices.

Baker & Hostetler and Woodcock Washburn announced the merger in November, and after a partnership vote at both firms in December, the combination took effect Jan. 1.

Woodcock Washburn opened its Atlanta office in 2005, which has seven lawyers. Baker & Hostetler intends to expand the local office's practice beyond IP, a member of Woodcock Washburn's policy committee, Joseph Lucci, told the Daily Report in November.

Carlton Fields, whose largest office outside of Florida is in Atlanta, has completed its merger with Jorden Burt, a Miami-based firm with about 70 lawyers. The combined firm, now operating as Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, has about 370 lawyers and government consultants in 10 locations.

Carlton Fields, based in Tampa, gains offices in Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Conn., with the merger.

The firms cited their complementary practices in class-action defense and litigation as an impetus for the deal, which was announced in October. Jorden Burt described itself as a financial services and insurance law firm at that time.

Carlton Fields' CEO, Gary Sasso, will serve as president and CEO.

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