Locke Lord confirms Morgan & Finnegan mass hire

US firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell confirmed today that it had hired a group of around 30 lawyers from New York IP boutique, Morgan & Finnegan.


US firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell confirmed today that it has hired a group of around 30 lawyers from New York IP boutique Morgan & Finnegan.

The group of 13 partners features former members of Morgan & Finnegan’s executive committee, including former managing partners John Sweeney.

“This move adds a wonderful group of IP lawyers to our firm and also meets two objectives of our strategic growth plan,” said Locke Lord’s chair, Jerry Clements. “That is to continue to grow our IP practice and to continue to grow our New York office.”

The deal is also likely to spell the end of one of the oldest and best-known IP firms in the US.

“This is the end,” one former partner said. “Now there’s nobody left.”

Calls to Morgan & Finnegan were not returned. Calls to former partners now at Locke Lord were also not returned.

Clements refused to comment on whether the deal meant the end of the road for the IP boutique, indicating that it was a question for Morgan & Finnegan.

The group hire more than doubles the size of Locke Lord’s New York office, expanding it to around 50 lawyers. It also provides the 700-lawyer Locke Lord with a San Francisco office, the firm’s 13th in total and its third in California.

Locke Lord is the product of the October 2007 merger between Texas-based Locke Liddell & Sapp and Chicago-based Lord Bissell & Brook.

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