In a year without many large law firm mergers, the latest and largest merger for a firm not named Dentons came last week.
Lathrop Gage announced Thursday that it is merging with Minneapolis-based Gray Plant Mooty, forming Lathrop GPM. The combination creates a 395-attorney law firm with 14 offices across the U.S. The combination will be effective Jan. 1.
According to a press release from Lathrop Gage, the firm will rank No. 113 on the 2019 National Law Journal 500 list, based on headcount and No. 140 on the 2019 Am Law 200 list, which is based on revenue. The largest offices will be in the two joining firms’ headquarters, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
Lathrop Gage has 21 attorneys in Colorado, with offices in Boulder and Denver. The Colorado presence puts the firm at No. 65 on Law Week’s own 2018 Colorado 200 list, which ranks Denver offices based on headcount.
Although the two Colorado offices are part of a national spread, Lathrop Gage managing partner Cameron Garrison said he believes the merger will have an impact on the work in Colorado. He said Gray Plant had work in Colorado that would often be referred out, some of which has been referred to Lathrop Gage as the merger has been proceeding. Now, those matters will remain in-house, Garrison said. “It’s indicative that there will be good workflow and client needs for our Colorado offices,” he said.