August 15, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 8:32 pm

Boston's Edwards Angell law firm merging

Boston law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, with a Hartford office, and Chicago law firm Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP will merge, effective Oct. 1.

The new Boston-based firm, with 13 offices and 650 lawyers, will be known as Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Edwards Wildman Palmer's client base will consist of Fortune 500 companies, government, nonprofits and other private businesses.

Edwards Angell's downtown Hartford office has 18 lawyers and 23 staff in One Corporate Center -- the "Stilts Building" -- at 20 Church St

In Stamford, Edwards Angell has 16 lawyers and 12 staff at its 3 Stamford Plaza office. On Sept. 9, Edwards Wildman Palmer will move the office about three blocks away to 1 Canterbury Green at 201 Broad St., spokesman John Tuerck said Monday.

"This is a transformative moment for both firms," said Walter G.D. Reed, Edward Palmer's managing partner. "In this competitive market, clients expect their preferred law firms to deliver a full range of legal services in a variety of geographies. This combination enhances our already-strong capabilities and establishes a solid foundation for continued growth."

Reed will serve the same role in the merged firm. Wildman Harrold Managing Partner Robert Shuftan will serve as deputy managing partner and chair of the new firm's strategic planning committee.

Judy Hurley, chief operating officer for Edwards Angell, will hold the same post in the merged firm.

Then Providence-based Edwards & Angel opened its Hartford in 1990. It merged with Boston-based Palmer & Dodge in 2005.


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