Washington firm McKenna Long in merger talks with California firm Luce Forward

November 17, 2011 Washington DC-based firm McKenna Long & Aldridge has initiated merger negotiations with Californian firm Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps. Luce was founded in 1873 and has 104 lawyers working across six offices in California.

If the merger goes ahead the combined firm would have a headcount of 620 attorneys around the country.

Luce’s chairman Kurt Kicklighter said that the merger talks were initiated on the basis of the firm’s strong performance: “Because we’ve done so well, especially in 2010, in San Francisco in particular, we’ve had a lot of inquiries (about mergers) from national firms this year,” he said. “When you get approached by national firms and you start looking at things, if there’s a better opportunity for you out there, I think every managing partner has to look at it.”

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