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Saul Ewing merges with Arnstein & Lehr

Barry Levin, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's managing partner. (File)

Barry Levin, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s managing partner. (File)

Saul Ewing LLP is increasing its presence along the east coast as the law firm finalized its merger with Arnstein & Lehr LLP, giving two regional firms a national presence, the firms announced Tuesday.

The merger took effect on Sept. 1. The firm is now known as Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and has more than 400 attorneys from Boston to Miami and extends into Chicago.

The new firm will have larger capabilities across its 15 offices in industries including energy, higher education, insurance and life sciences.

“For many years, Saul Ewing looked for the right growth opportunity that would build on our special culture and passion for putting clients first,” said Barry F. Levin, the combined firm’s managing partner. He formerly held that title at Saul Ewing.

“We immediately found that same client commitment with Arnstein & Lehr. Our success will continue to be built on knowing our clients’ businesses, understanding their industries and delivering our services effectively and efficiently,” Levin said.

The two firms have several shared clients who will get to work under the same umbrella. Existing clients will also be able to use the merger to expand into other geographic areas with the partnership, the firms said.

Saul Ewing joins the merger with 11 offices spanning from Boston to Washington, D.C. along the coast and Pittsburgh in the west. It has a large presence in its Baltimore office with 50 lawyers, making it the fifteenth largest firm in Maryland, according to The Daily Record’s 2017 ranking of the state’s largest law firms. The firm came to Baltimore after merging with Weinberg & Green in 1998.

Many Saul Ewing attorneys in department leadership are based in Baltimore and will travel to Arnstein & Lehr offices over the next year as part of the integration process between the two firms, Levin said in an interview.

“This is a great thing for the Baltimore office,” Levin said.

Saul Ewing has worked with clients all over the United States and abroad with focus on higher education, insurance, life science and energy industries. The merger deepens Saul Ewing’s reach in several practice areas such as bankruptcy, business and finance, litigation and real estate while introducing it to new areas including immigration and foreign investment, the firm said.

Based in Illinois and Florida, Arnstein & Lehr was founded in 1893 and has clients of all sizes throughout the U.S. and abroad, with attorneys practicing in five main practice areas – business, litigation, local government, tax and estate planning and real estate. The merger gives the firm a larger presence along the East Coast, including Delaware for bankruptcy practitioners, and strengthens the firm’s intellectual property services.

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