DLA Piper enters Canada with Toronto and Calgary hires

February 12, 2014 DLA Piper has laid down plans to hire a group of 60 to 70 lawyers from prominent Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie, as the latter firm prepares to close down for good.

DLA Piper is in negotiations with group of lawyers from Heenan Blaikie’s Toronto and Calgary offices, including former Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

The plan is that about 25 to 30 partners would spin off from Heenan Blaikie and then negotiate to take the DLA brand and receive investment, credit and marketing support from the global DLA Piper entity.

“We’re in deep negotiations,” said Global Chair Roger Meltzer said. “We are already referring work to them and have been for a little while… I think we are well on our way.”

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