Fennemore Craig Merges With Dowling Aaron

The shareholders and directors of both firms have approved the deal, finalising one of the year’s rare law firm mergers.

Dowling Aaron, a Fresno-based full-service law firm that operates four offices in California, and Fennemore Craig, a firm with six offices in Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, have announced their completion of a deal to merge.

The combined law firm will operate primarily out of California, and will become effective on 1 October. Its merged staff will consist of around 350 lawyers and allied legal professionals.

Fennemore Craig CEO James Goodnow hailed the success of the merger, calling it a “slam dunk” for both firms.

We’re thrilled to join forces with Dowling Aaron, with both firms coming from a position of strength and unique alignment in business operations, practices, client bases, and cultures,” he said. “Overnight we’ll be able to serve all of our clients in ways we never could.”

Leigh Burnside, President of Dowling Aaron, also described her enthusiasm at the deal. “At a point in our working lives where good news can sometimes be hard to find, I’m happy to announce this merger as a signal to our clients that we’re committed to them today and into the future,” she said.

Goodnow will lead the newly combined Fennemore Craig Dowling Aaron. Burnside will sit on the firm’s Management Committee.

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