Foley & Larder Combines with Gardere Wynne Sewell

Correction: The headline of this article originally had an incorrect spelling of the law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell.

Foley & Lardner and Gardere Wynne Sewell announced Friday the two firms will merge, effective April 1.

Gardere has a presence in Denver, and the combination also expands Foley into Texas — in Austin, Dallas and Houston — and Mexico City. Current Gardere clients and attorneys will gain a presence in the Midwest, East and West coasts and Florida, as well as Belgium and Tokyo, according to a press release. The firm will have approximately 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices in the U.S., Mexico, Asia and Europe.

Although the merger will fold Gardere into Foley & Lardner operations, the combined firm will share a joint name in many market. The combined firm will be known as Foley Gardere in Austin, Dallas, Denver and Houston and as Foley Gardere Arena in Mexico City. All other offices will operate as Foley & Lardner. With joint revenues of $830 million, the combined firm will be among American Lawyer’s Top 50 U.S. law firms, according to a press release.

“In short, Foley and Gardere are better together,” said Jay Rothman, firm Chairman & CEO. “As the demand for legal services evolves, so must the legal providers. With that top of mind, the most important reason for this combination is the enhanced capacity it provides our attorneys to better serve our clients.”

As a result of the combination, Foley will expand geographically in several service areas including corporate, litigation, intellectual property, energy, government solutions and financial restructuring and reorganization. Additionally, Foley’s energy practice will grow in both oil and gas and renewables, as well as infrastructure and project finance.