Stinson Leonard Street LLP Completes Merger
Effective January 1, Stinson Leonard Street LLP officially launched, successfully completing the largest merger announced last year.
On Sept. 23, 2013, Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard – two of the leading full-service law firms in the Midwest – announced they would combine, aiming to serve Fortune-ranked, midsize public and private, and emerging companies, as well as individuals needing sophisticated legal services. On Jan. 1, exactly 100 days later, the combined firm began business operations with offices in 14 cities and more than 520 attorneys, which puts Stinson Leonard Street among the 75 largest law firms in the U.S.
Since the announcement, management teams from both firms focused on combining practice groups, selecting practice leaders and taking steps to conclude 2013 on strong notes. Meanwhile, administrative teams from both firms worked to combine infrastructures, develop common policies and integrate business functions, from accounting to training.
"Hundreds of attorneys and staff from both firms worked hard to complete integration projects since our announcement,” said Hinderks, who will be based in the firm's Kansas City office. "As a result, we start the New Year together and unified as one firm."
"We were able to bring everything together quickly because our firms shared similar strategies, management styles and cultures," said Stortz, who will be based in the firm's Minneapolis office. "What we have accomplished also demonstrates how we remain nimble and decisive, even as a larger firm."
Stinson Leonard Street offers regional and national practices in such key areas as banking and financial services; bankruptcy and creditors' rights ; business, commercial and financial services litigation; corporate finance; energy, mining and natural resources; environmental; health care; intellectual property and technology; employment, labor and benefits; private and family owned businesses; real estate; and estate planning, trusts and tax. The firm also features several industry practice areas, including agribusiness, animal health, aviation, construction, education, life sciences, media and advertising, nonprofits, oil and gas, sports and entertainment, transportation and technology.
View a complete list of the firm's practice and industry areas.
In addition to having a new name, the firm created a new logo and brand identity to promote the new firm. The logo consists of the firm's name – Stinson Leonard Street – and a four-color mark that symbolizes energy, momentum and an upward, progressive direction.
"Creating the new logo was an important step toward launching the firm," said Murdock. "We believe it represents the many positive qualities that describe our firm, our clients and our people."