Summary: The law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson has approved a merger with the California-based Barger & Wolen LLP that will take effect on October 1 of this year.
The law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has announced that it will join forces with Barger & Wolen LLP, according to a press release. Barger & Wolen LLP is based in California and employs 45 attorneys in six offices.
The partner votes for the merger occurred on August 28 and it will take effect on October 1. The combined firm will operate under the Hinshaw & Culbertson name.
“This is a mutually beneficial move for both firms, bringing together decades of experience to serve our clients in an increasingly complex legal environment,” said Robert J. Romero, member of Hinshaw’s Management Committee and the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s San Francisco office. “Hinshaw’s strategic plan has always been focused on strengthening our presence in key markets that are important to our clients. With the addition of Barger, we have not only increased our capacity and expertise here in California and the West Coast, but enhance our ability to counsel our clients throughout our office network.”
Barger Chairman Richard De La Mora said, “This merger creates a tremendous opportunity to extend the work we are doing in California to other regions where our clients are doing business. We are confident our clients will appreciate our newly enhanced position in California, with 90 attorneys and six locations, as well as our presence in other markets where Hinshaw has offices.”
Barger is known for its legal work in the insurance industry and is experienced with reinsurance and regulatory practices.
“We found a strong partner in Hinshaw, which leverages our 38 years of experience in the insurance industry for prominent companies such as Farmers Insurance, New York Life, Unum and Blue Shield of California,” said Royal F. Oakes, Los Angeles-based partner in Barger’s insurance practice. “Our new platform is a true business advantage for our clients seeking legal counsel when new laws and government regulations are proposed, and when new lines of insurance come to market.”
Hinshaw Chairman Donald Mrozek said, “This merger underscores both legacy firms’ commitment to strategic growth. Becoming an international firm has always been of interest to us, and with Barger it becomes a reality.”
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