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Thursday, July 31, 2008


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L.A. Firm Weston Benshoof to Merge With National Firm


By a METNEWS Staff Writer


Los Angeles law firm Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP will merge with national firm Alston & Bird LLP as part of the latter’s expansion into California, the firms announced yesterday.

Weston Benshoof and its 83 attorneys will officially become part of Alston & Bird on Sept. 1.

Richard R. Hays, managing partner for Alston & Bird, explained that the expansion was necessary so that the firm could be “where our clients are and need us to be.”

Edward J. Casey, managing partner of Weston Benshoof said that joining the larger firm “allows us to offer a wider and deeper breadth of expertise” to clients, many of whom he said the firms share.

Alston & Bird will also open a new 12-attorney office in Palo Alto, bringing in attorneys from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. The Silicon Valley branch will be the third office the firm opens this year.

The 900-member firm has offices in New York, Washington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, and Research Triangle Park, N.C, with core practices areas of intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax law; and national industry focuses in health care, energy, financial services and public policy.


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