US firm Burr & Forman merges with Williams Schifino

Alabama-based firm Burr & Forman is set to expand in the Southeast via a merger with 23-lawyer Tampa firm Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady. The move brings Burr & Forman’s headcount to 277 attorneys. The firm plans to send commercial litigation associate Christy Nash to join the Williams Schifino attorneys in Tampa immediately, and financial services litigation associate Laura Westerman will relocate there in November. Burr & Forman managing partner William Lee Thuston says the move into Tampa is in line with the firm's broader strategy: "We're still in the midst of a strategic plan we started putting together in 2005 to expand ourselves into the Southeast, and we have a good, solid middle-market law firm presence throughout the Southeast," she said. "We had already moved into Orlando and, more recently into Fort Lauderdale. And Tampa, being the business center that it is in Florida, is the natural progression of that."

US firm Burr & Forman merges with Williams Schifino Wed, Oct 3, 2012