Pittsburgh's Thorp Reed to Merge With Detroit-Based Clark Hill

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Thorp Reed Managing Partner Jeffrey J. Conn

Originally Published April 1, 2013

Pittsburgh-based Thorp Reed & Armstrong and Detroit-based Clark Hill have signed a merger agreement, the firms have announced.

The new firm will have 12 offices and more than 300 lawyers.

According to a joint press release, the new firm will be called Clark Hill Thorp Reed "in chosen markets, including all geographic markets where Thorp Reed & Armstrong has a presence today."

"However, its legal name will remain Clark Hill and the Clark Hill name will continue to be used in all of Clark Hill's current markets," the press release said.

Clark Hill has offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Birmingham and Lansing, Mich.; Washington, D.C.; Phoenix; and Chicago. Aside from its Pittsburgh headquarters, Thorp Reed has offices in Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.; Princeton, N.J.; and Wheeling, W.Va.

Thorp Reed managing partner Jeffrey J. Conn told The Legal on Friday that the firms are in the process of integrating and the merger will take effect "as soon as reasonably possible."

By Friday afternoon, Thorp Reed had already changed the logo on its website to reflect the new firm name.

The Legal reported in January that the two firms were in merger talks.

Conn confirmed Friday that, prior to reaching an agreement, the firms had been in serious discussions for the past four to six months.

Conn said the seed for those discussions was initially planted when Clark Hill member Edward C. Hammond and Thorp Reed partner Randolph Struk, who attended college together at the University of Virginia, began talking with each other about the two firms' similarities.

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