Husch Blackwell Completes Merger With Milwaukee Firm

The nation’s largest law-firm merger of the year is now a done deal, with the announcment today that Husch Blackwell and Milwaukee-based Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek had finalized the agreement announced in April. The new entity began operations on Friday, and Husch now has more than 700 lawyers based in 19 cities around the country.

Officials with the firm said the move strengthens it commitment to providing industry-focused services to clients. “We are pleased at how quickly our two firms have come together, and we are excited by the additional talent and experience that we have already gained,” CEO and Managing Partner Greg Smith said in a news release announcing completion of the merger. “This combination will undoubtedly help us better serve clients across all industries and in all of our markets.”

The move, said Chairman Maurice Watson, is already fulfilling its promise. “Early on, it became clear that this combination was going to work. Strategically and culturally, this was a great fit, and our common commitment to providing superior client service and value through industry expertise was key,” he said. “We’re excited about the opportunities this combination represents for our clients and for our firm.”