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Brittany Stephens Pearson, Gloria S. Myre, Karen L. Schreiber and Sonja Trom Eayrs will bring a family law practice to Barnes & Thornburg

Bar Buzz: Only the name is different—and around 500 more lawyers

Only a few days into the new year, the legal landscape has shifted. Altman Weil reports this is a record-breaking year for law firm mergers and acquisitions, including the completion of a significant transformation Minneapolis.

Ballard Spahr has completed its merger with Lindquist & Vennum, and the venerable Lindquist & Vennum name is gone. The combination has resulted in a 650-lawyer firm with 15 offices in the United States. The Minneapolis office is Ballard Spahr’s largest outside of Philadelphia.

“We’ve spent months aligning practice capabilities and getting to know one another so that clients on both sides will benefit from our expanded services from day one. Our name will change, but the qualities upon which we have built our reputation will not,” said Lindquist & Vennum Managing Partner Dennis O’Malley.

Apparently as a result of the merger, Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced the launch of its family law practice with the addition of four partners from Lindquist & Vennum — Karen Schreiber, practice chair; Sonja Trom Eayrs; Brittany Stephens Pearson; and Gloria Myre. (You may recall that Barnes & Thornburg lost three attorneys to Jones Day when it came to town in June 2016).

Stay tuned, as 2018 surely will bring more.

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