March 15, 2017 - 12:34pm

According to a recent report by consulting firm Altman Weil titled 10 Years of Law Firm Mergers: 2007-2016, Denton's (shocker) leads the pack of firms that acquired or merged with other firms with 13 acquisitions between 2007 and 2016, followed by Fox Rothschild with 12 and Littler Mendelson with 9

Most firms acquired were  between 2 and 20 attorneys, with geography and generational change among the biggest factors driving merger or acquisition.  Large law firm combinations, though they dominate the headlines ala Squire Patton Boggs and Arnold Porter and Kaye Shcoler, are becoming increasingly rare.  

The report is however very numbers heavy and missing completely is any analysis of the firms whose urge to merge had disastrous results.  As seen with  Dewey & LeBeouf which folded under its own merged weight, and more recently King Wood & Mallesons, which after several mergers most recently in 2013 is now shell of former self with its European contingent in administration (bankruptcy) after selling off almost all of the London and Cambridge practices to a number of other firms, including KWM China, and entire practice groups and or offices leaving for other firms such as Reed Smith.