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Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton announce plan to combine firms

The law firms of Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have agreed to merge effective April 1, 2020.

The new law firm, called Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, or Troutman Pepper, will have 1,100 attorneys in 23 offices across the U.S. The announcement follows a vote by both firms’ partnerships.

Troutman Sanders was founded in 1897 and has 650 attorneys organized into 17 areas of legal practice within five departments: corporate, real estate and finance, business litigation, specialized litigation, and energy and regulatory. Pepper Hamilton was founded in 1890 and has more than 425 lawyers in 14 U.S. offices, serving a variety of industries, including an energy industry group that includes renewable energy.

“Our firms’ complementary practice strengths and hallmark focus on client care make this merger ideal for our clients,” said Steve Lewis, managing partner of Troutman Sanders, who will serve as chair and chief executive officer of the combined firm. “Troutman Pepper will offer a deeper bench, increased resources and an expanded geographic footprint. With these factors, we see a tremendous upside for both our clients and potential new growth.”

Health sciences, energy, real estate, insurance, finance, private equity, construction and technology are among the largest industries served by the combined firm.  According to a press release, the firm’s expanded footprint creates more robust practices in the Southeast, Northeast, West Coast and Midwest regions of the country and a foundation for further strategic growth.

Additional officers of Troutman Pepper are Tom Cole, managing partner of Pepper Hamilton, who will continue in that role at Troutman Pepper, and Andrea Farley, chair of Troutman Sanders’ Partner Compensation Committee, who will continue in that role at the combined firm.

Troutman Pepper will have offices in 23 cities in California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia.