How big law firm merger could shake up Pittsburgh

April 12, 2016 By Patty Tascarella
Pittsburgh Business Times

The combination of Reed Smith LLP and Pepper Hamilton LLP stands to have a deep and wide-ranging impact on Pittsburgh’s legal and corporate sectors. The gloves are off at firms that aren't even in the deal.

Both law firms confirmed merger talks on Tuesday. Pittsburgh-founded Reed Smith is four times the size of Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton with 1,890 attorneys and has twice the number of offices at 26 as well as an international footprint. Locally, Reed Smith is No. 1 among law offices ranked by the number of lawyers while Pepper is No. 21. But they serve a similar corporate clientele and, at least locally, have done some high-profile hires from each other in recent years.

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