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Buchanan Ingersoll PC and Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling PC announced today that their firms will merge to form Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, effective July 1, 2006. Buchanan Ingersoll is one of the largest full service law firms in the country and Klett Rooney is a 130-attorney firm with offices that mirror much of Buchanan's existing footprint in cities that include Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Wilmington, DE. The deal will likely boost the combined firm to become one of the 80 largest law firms in the United States, with estimated gross revenues of $265 million and a head count of more than 525 attorneys and government relations professionals.

The transaction comes almost exactly one year after Buchanan's June 1, 2005, addition of the 55 attorneys and patent professionals of the nationally known IP firm Burns Doane.

Buchanan CEO Tom VanKirk, who was recently re-elected to lead the firm through at least 2009, said, ""This is the largest combination our firm has ever done, and it was an obvious match for us in terms of culture, practice area and the continued development of our strategic plan. Strengthening our Mid-Atlantic presence better enables us to continue to pursue our goal of being a strong national firm operating as one unified entity.""

Jack Barbour, who is the managing shareholder of Klett Rooney and will serve as an executive shareholder at the combined firm, said his firm chose to join Buchanan for a number of reasons, including similarities in culture and strategic plans: ""I've known Tom VanKirk, Fran Muracca and Buchanan Ingersoll for many years, so it was easy to see how we could create a strong partnership out of our two firms. The geography fit. Our clients fit. The practices fit. This was one of those rare decisions in life that almost makes itself.""

In total, approximately 250 Klett Rooney attorneys, government affairs professionals and staff members will join Buchanan.

Klett has a national client base and serves companies such as Chubb Insurance, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Reliant Energy and Verizon.

Howard Scher, head of Buchanan's Philadelphia office, added that the benefits of this merger will be particularly noticeable in the Delaware Valley since the combination adds depth to practice areas such as traditional labor and creditors' rights. He said, ""This combination gives us nearly 90 attorneys in the region, and that will help us offer increased services to all of our clients. It also enables us to attract and recruit the highest caliber attorneys who are looking for the resources of a national firm to serve their clients and to grow their practices. And it's clearly a benefit to recruiting the best and brightest from law schools and judicial clerkships.""

Klett brings particularly strong real estate, government affairs, litigation and labor practices that mesh well with Buchanan's work in those areas. It also has significant bankruptcy, corporate, gaming, international business, health care, higher education and general liability defense practices, as well as a strong PUC practice in Harrisburg that fills a Buchanan need in that area.

The Klett combination is the latest in a series of additions that Buchanan has undergone since 2005. The firm added more than 100 attorneys and government relations professionals last year, including:

The attorneys and professionals from the IP firm Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis in Alexandria, VA, and San Diego and Silicon Valley, CA.

Government relations boutique Hill Solutions in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

A group of nine litigators from Saul Ewing in Philadelphia.

Tax, transactional and immigration attorneys from Steel Hector in Miami.

The national litigation boutique of Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker in New York.

A New Name

After nearly three decades as Buchanan Ingersoll, the new firm will change its name to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. The Rooney name belongs in this case to Arthur J. Rooney, II, a former managing shareholder of Klett Rooney who currently serves as of counsel at the firm and as president and general counsel of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also recently named NFL Executive of the Year. He will continue as of counsel at Buchanan.

VanKirk says the addition of the Rooney name will help the firms integrate and move forward as one organization as quickly as possible.

From Barbour's perspective, the name change also signals a combination of two strong firms. He said, ""The Rooney name is known and respected throughout the country, and having that name combined with Buchanan Ingersoll sends a message of unity and excellence to our clients.

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Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice, Corporate Practice: Public Finance, Commerce and Technology, Mergers and Acquisitions, Health Care, Estate Planning and Administration, Securities Law, Taxation, Gaming Practice, General & Commercial Business Litigation Practice: Antitrust, Securities and Class Action, Appellate, Commercial Credit, Collections and Creditors' Rights, Construction Law, Corporate Control and Shareholder Dispute, Environmental Law, General Liability Defense Practice, Health Care Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Intellectual Property Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense, Nursing Home Malpractice Defense, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use, State and Local Tax, White Collar Criminal Defense/, Official Investigations Practice, Government affairs Practice, Energy and Utility Law Practice, Higher Education Practice, International Business Practice, Labor and Employment Practice: Business Immigration Practice, Employee Benefits & ERISA Practice, OSHA/MSHA Practice, Railway Labor Act Practice, Worker’s Compensation Practice, Non-Profit Practice, Real Estate Practice.

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