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WHD, Husch Blackwell merger now set for July 15

The merger between one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms and a Kansas City, Mo., firm has been pushed back.

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek and Husch Blackwell had been scheduled to merge on Friday. The firms announced the merger in April.

However, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek officials confirmed Friday that the merger and name change have been tentatively delayed until July 15.

It is not uncommon for merger dates to shift, said Sandra Song, director of marketing operations for Husch Blackwell. She said Friday that the two firms agreed to move the closing date to July 15 to make sure all conflict checks with clients of both firms are fully resolved.

Husch Blackwell was the fourth largest law firm by revenue in Missouri in 2015 and has offices in London and 16 U.S. cities, including Houston, Denver and Washington, D.C. It is a litigation and business law firm.

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, a full-service law firm that started in Milwaukee, has 133 attorneys in Wisconsin and 10 in Chicago. The firm also has offices in Waukesha County, Madison and Chicago.

The firms combined will have more than 700 attorneys in 19 cities across the country and in London.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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