St. Louis-based litigation boutique Dowd Bennett has opened shop in Denver with a partner and counsel. The firm specializes in commercial litigation and has just under 30 attorneys, mostly concentrated in St. Louis, and announced offices in Denver and Boston on July 3.
Counsel Kim Berve and partner Matt Johnson joined the firm from Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. Johnson said he has known Dowd Bennet named partner Jim Bennett since 2013 through a common client, and joining his firm seemed like a natural fit. The firm’s expansion West was a product of that relationship.
“It was not specific to moving to Denver; it was more specific to client relationships and servicing that particular client,” Johnson said.
Partner Ed Dowd said the attorneys fit the firm “perfectly.” “[Johnson] is, like everybody in commercial litigation, a hard worker,” he said. “We’re very careful when we bring people in that not only are they totally competent and experienced and do the best possible job for the client, but it’s somebody that if you end up in a three-month trial with them … you’re happy to see them at the end of it.”