Smith Moore Leatherwood to merge with Fox Rothschild in its southeastern expansion


Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP will merge with Fox Rothschild LLP on Nov. 1, adding 130 attorneys to Fox while expanding into the Southeast. Mergers with six offices in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina totaled the combined firm’s locations to 27 nationwide with more than 900 attorneys.

The Smith Moore Leatherwood firm in Greenville will remain open and operate under the Fox Rothschild name after the merger. The firm has served in the Greenville area since 1945, delivering solutions specific to clients’ industry challenges and needs.

Working with Smith Moore Leatherwood since 1990, Frank Williams is the partner in charge of the Greenville firm.

“We’ll have a lot more resources,” Williams said of the merger. “We see this as a great opportunity for us to provide better, more full services to our clients. It provides us with the resources of a nationwide firm.”

Williams said some clients require resources in other parts of the country or additional expertise, and this merger will better meet those clients’ needs. Smith Moore Leatherwood was initially interested in the merger with Fox as a larger firm because of the firms’ similarities in values, Williams said.

As a result of the merger, Smith Moore Leatherwood’s services in litigation, labor and employment, tax, trusts and estates, real estate, corporate law, health law, intellectual property, and others will be strengthened. Practitioners specializing in legal issues of manufacturing, clean energy, transportation, and infrastructure will be another result of the firms’ merger.

“Expanding our footprint in the Southeast through this merger is an important milestone for the firm,” Fox chair Mark L. Silow said in the release. “We have explored opportunities in this region for many years and are delighted to have found in Smith Moore Leatherwood a firm with a superb roster of talented attorneys who share our values, our approach to client service, and our entrepreneurial focus.”

Julie Theall Earp, Smith Moore Leatherwood’s chair of the management committee, said Fox’s dedication to excellence, integrity, and teamwork is attractive to the firm.

“We are thrilled to join Fox Rothschild. For almost 100 years we have been proud to provide our clients with efficient, top level legal services,” Earp said in the release. “Combining resources with Fox allows us to expand our geographic reach and utilize an established nationwide network of resources for our clients.”


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