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Bingham McHale merging with Louisville law firm

Scott Olson
December 21, 2011
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Bingham McHale announced Wednesday that it is merging with a Louisville-based firm that first tried to enter the Indianapolis market three years ago.

The merger of Bingham McHale and Greenebaum Doll & McDonald will form Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP as of Jan. 2, the two firms said. The combined entity will maintain offices in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

“Bingham McHale LLP is not only increasing the depth and breadth of our experience in key areas such as tax and finance, but we are also entering into a true merger that honors both firms’ histories and current successes,” said W. Tobin McClamroch, Bingham McHale’s managing partner, in a written statement.

Combined, the two firms have nearly 250 lawyers. Bingham McHale employs 130 attorneys and is Indianapolis’ fourth-largest firm, according to IBJ statistics.

Greenebaum Doll has offices in Kentucky and Ohio and began exploring a merger with another large Indianapolis firm, Ice Miller LLP, in December 2008. Those talks broke down about a year later.

“We will be expanding our geographic footprint and strengthening our knowledge base in areas such as governmental work and municipal bonding,” Greenebaum Chairman Phillip D. Scott said in a written statement.

Bingham McHale’s clients include Gatorade Trust, the group that invented the Gatorade sports drink; locally based mall giant Simon Property Group Inc.; and French-based Saint-Gobain, a large building-materials company that has operations in Indianapolis.

Greenebaum Doll’s clients include Louisville insurer Humana Inc. and franchisees of the KFC restaurant chain.

Bingham McHale’s roots date to 1919, and the firm formerly was known as Bingham Summers Welsh & Spilman. It merged with local competitor McHale Cook & Welch PC in 2001 to form Bingham McHale.

Bingham McHale’s merger with Greenebaum Doll caps a busy year for local law firm mergers.

Baker & Daniels in October hooked up with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP. The combination officially takes effect Jan. 1, along with a new name, Faegre Baker Daniels.

Baker & Daniels is the city’s second-largest law firm. The merger with the 500-lawyer Faegre & Benson is the largest law-firm combination involving an Indianapolis practice.

Ice Miller, the city’s third-largest firm, announced in August that it is merging with Schottenstein Zox and Dunn Co. of Columbus, Ohio.

That merger also takes effect Jan. 1. The combined firm will operate as Ice Miller.
 

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