Merger talks have broken down between Chicago firm Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe and California's McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen.
The firms agreed to enter talks in May in a bid to create a 1,200-lawyer firm (The Lawyer, 21 May 2001). The deal is understood to have broken down because of a combination of client conflicts, management issues and practice group crossovers. McCutchen Doyle's managing partner Michael Plishner told The Lawyer in May: "We've a long way to go before we actually have a deal put together, but both firms have seen the great possibilities of a large law firm." He said then that if a deal went ahead it would be done by the autumn. The merger would have created a firm with a 300-lawyer office in Chicago, 300 lawyers on the West Coast, 100 in New York and 400 in the Washington DC, Baltimore and West Virginia region.