With more than 500 lawyers and an office in Tysons Corner, North Carolina-based Womble Carlyle is poised to expand by taking over a 44-lawyer firm in Charleston, SC.
Buist Moore Smythe McGhee is Charleston’s largest law firm. Its acquisition by Womble is expected to close April 30.
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly reports the merger plan is driven by the prospect of rapid economic growth in the Charleston area. A Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston is scheduled to start producing 787 Dreamliner passenger jets in the next few months.
The Charleston location will be the second South Carolina office for Womble Carlyle, which boasts offices in six states and Washington. The firm lists 25 professionals at its Tysons office in Virginia.
By Peter Vieth