Husch Blackwell merges with Texas law firm

06/19/2013 5:55 PM

06/19/2013 10:22 PM

Husch Blackwell, which has co-headquarters in Kansas City and St. Louis, has merged with an Austin-based firm that will expand its presence to Texas and make it the 94th largest firm in the country.

The merger with Brown McCarroll, announced Wednesday, will go into effect July 1 and will create a combined law firm with annual revenues of $319 million based on 2012 figures. The partners approved the merger Tuesday. The combined venture will be known as Husch Blackwell LLP.

Husch Blackwell has its offices in the Plaza Colonnade building near the Country Club Plaza. It was formerly known as Blackwell Sanders before its 20008 merger with Husch & Eppenberger of St. Louis.

Greg Smith, CEO and managing partner of Husch Blackwell, said the merger will allow the firm to strengthen its practice in health care, real estate and energy. It also introduces the firm to the growing Austin, Dallas and Houston markets, where Brown McCarroll has its offices.

“As early as our very first meeting with representatives from Brown McCarroll, we saw that culturally, strategically and geographically, the combination of the two firms was a significant opportunity,” Smith said in a statement.

David Hilgers, chairman of 75-year-old Brown McCarroll, said the merger will allow his firm, which employs 65 lawyers and 63 staff members, to expand its reach. All the firm’s current offices are in Texas, and Husch Blackwell’s territory extends from London to Washington, Chicago and Phoenix.

The combined firm will have 600 lawyers and 750 staff members. It will continue to be co-headquartered in Kansas City and St. Louis. Husch Blackwell currently has 345 full-time employees locally, including 155 lawyers.

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