The merger would create a 400-lawyer firm and expand Saul Ewing's presence beyond its 11 offices in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
With 260 lawyers, Saul Ewing is known mainly as a regional law firm, but a merger with Arnstein & Lehr would give it far more national reach. Most of Arnstein & Lehr's 140 lawyers are based in Chicago, but it also has four offices in Florida. On its face, the merger would appear to offer advantages to both firms in that there is no geographical overlap.
In Florida, Arnstein & Lehr has offices in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. The firm has numerous practice groups spanning litigation, appellate, aviation, and other areas.
"Saul Ewing and Arnstein & Lehr confirm that they are engaged in discussions about a potential combination," said Leslie Gross, representative for Saul Ewing. "Both firms will continue discussions and will share more if and when it is appropriate."
Saul Ewing has long been a key player in Philadelphia's legal community and has well-established ties to business and government leaders in Pennsylvania and beyond. Among other clients, the firm is defending Pennsylvania State University in various civil lawsuits arising out of the Jerry Sandusky sexual molestation scandal.