DLA Piper on the Move…Again

The biggest law firm behemoth with a presence in Philly is showing no signs of slowing down in its quest for growth.

The National Law Journal (http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/index.jsp) is reporting that DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary – which according to the NLJ 250 has become the second largest law firm in the U.S. – is opening up an office in Atlanta. Frank Burch, the joint chief executive officer of DLA Piper, has said it’s “the last piece of the puzzle” for the firm’s national presence. They’re leasing 46,000 square feet of space and expect to have 50 lawyers by year’s end. Who are they opening the office with? Twelve litigation and finance attorneys.

Sound familiar? DLA Piper – in an earlier incarnation – started out modestly in Philadelphia a few years ago and grew the office around litigation until it had 50-some lawyers.

Reaction in DLA Piper’s Philly office was apparently very enthusiastic.

James M. Brogan, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Philadelphia office, said the office opening is “fantastic” news for the Philadelphia partners.

“We have substantial litigation and other business engagements in Atlanta already,” he said. “This not only fits the firm plan, but the Philadelphia partners are very excited about this.”

According to Brogan, Philadelphia partners have been doing work in Atlanta in the areas of litigation, real estate, intellectual property and other capitalization projects. Brogan said some of the Philadelphia partners were involved in the vetting process of their new colleagues in Atlanta.

Hank Grezlak, Editor-in-Chief and Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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