Pepper Hamilton in Princeton will become Troutman Pepper effective April 1 after a merger between two firms that joins 23 offices and 1,100 attorneys nationwide.
Atlanta firm Troutman Sanders and Philadelphia firm Pepper Hamilton confirmed to American Lawyer that they were in advanced merger talks mid-November. Firm partnerships voted to approve the merger this week.
[W]e see a tremendous upside for both our clients and potential new growth.
“Our firms’ complementary practice strengths and hallmark focus on client care make this merger ideal for our clients,” said Steve Lewis, managing partner of Troutman Sanders, who will serve as chair and chief executive officer of the combined firm, in a statement. “Troutman Pepper will offer a deeper bench, increased resources and an expanded geographic footprint. With these factors, we see a tremendous upside for both our clients and potential new growth.”
The combined firm’s key practices include corporate, litigation, intellectual property, tax and bankruptcy, and others. It will serve the health sciences, energy, real estate, insurance, finance, private equity, construction and technology sectors.
“The reasons to combine our two firms extend well beyond the nearly seamless merging of the complementary practice groups,” said Pepper Hamilton CEO Tom Gallagher, who will serve as vice-chair of the new firm, in a statement. “From a cultural standpoint, we are significantly aligned on values. We both are considered innovators, having invested early in new tools and technologies, and we are both well-known for delivering exceptional value to our clients.”
The Princeton office has 29 attorneys assisting clients on banking and financial services, corporate and securities, commercial real estate and zoning, tax, government relations, construction, commercial litigation, product liability litigation, and general business matters. The office was formed in 2001, when lawyers from then-major central New Jersey firm Jamieson, Moore, Peskin & Spicer combined their practices with Pepper after more than 70 years. Michael Mann is the partner in charge.