Partners Endorse MergerOf K&L, English Firm

Friday, October 1, 2004 - 00:00

The U.S. firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (K&L) and the English firm of Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) have announced that their partners have voted in favor of a combination that will become effective on January 1. The combined firm will be known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP.

Once the combination is finalized, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham will have approximately 950 lawyers located in 10 U.S. cities as well as London. In its first year of operation, the combined firm is expected to exceed $500 million in revenue.

The Chairmen of the two firms, Peter Kalis of K&L and Michael Johns of NGJ, said: "The vote demonstrates our partners' confidence in the combination's benefits to our clients and to our respective firms. We look forward to the future with great anticipation, as the practices, businesses and cultures of our two firms merge."

The Dallas office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart recently welcomed four new partners, James A. Lowery III, James A. Pranske, Michael John Ramirez, and Warren R. Westberg.

Mr. Lowery has substantial trial experience in toxic tort, product liability and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Pranske has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. His practice is concentrated in the area of commercial litigation.

Mr. Ramirez focuses his practice on litigation, product liability, professional liability and toxic tort.

Mr. Westberg represents individuals, businesses and Fortune 500 companies in complex civil litigation matters involving serious bodily injury or death.

Organizational and social psychology scholar Jeannine M. Rupp has joined K&L as firmwide director of professional and personal life integration. As director, Rupp will lead the firm in further developing a corporate culture and policies that promote and sustain a healthy integration of professional and personal responsibilities.

Stacey J. Mobley, senior vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, said: "The appointment of Jeannine Rupp as Director of Professional and Personal Life Integration at K&L reflects the firm's recognition of the long-term significance of this issue to the legal profession. At a time when the demands on lawyers, both men and women are at their highest, it's critical that law firms find new ways to support their growth, help them balance their lives and provide superior client service. We applaud K&L for taking this step and look forward to hearing more about changes and successes in this significant area."

K&L's chief diversity officer, Carl G. Cooper, recently was appointed to the American Bar Association's (ABA) President's Council on Diversity. The Council's mission is to increase ethnic and racial diversity within the legal profession.

Attorneys from K&L's Newark, NJ office will start the fall 2004 semester as adjunct professors at Seton Hall Law School. Mid-level associates Kathryn E. Tagliareni and Thomas C. Weisert will teach for Seton Hall's J.D. program. Senior environmental law associate Catherine A. Trinkle will teach a one-semester course as part of the school's Master's of Science in Jurisprudence (M.S.J.) curriculum.

Ms. Tagliareni, a fourth-year environmental law attorney, will teach Legal Research and Writing. Mr. Weisert, a fourth-year employment law attorney, will teach Appellate Advocacy to second-year law students. Ms. Trinkle will teach a one-semester legal research and writing course for Seton Hall's M.S.J. program

Attorneys from the Private Equity practice of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart advised Clarity Payment Solutions in its August 3 sale to TSYS for $53 million in cash. Clarity will continue as a subsidiary of TSYS and has been renamed TSYS Prepaid, Inc.