Troutman Sanders LLP will merge with D.C.-based Ross, Dixon & Bell on Jan. 1 in a deal that will double the Atlanta-based firm’s Washington contingent and give it its first offices in the Midwest and on the West Coast.
Robert W. Webb Jr., Troutman’s chairman, said the merger is “very important to our national footprint.” Ross Dixon has about 100 lawyers, half of them in Washington and the rest in Chicago and in California in Irvine and San Diego.
He said the firm’s long-term business plan calls for a significant expansion in the offices in Chicago and California. Ross Dixon has a national reputation for its insurance practice related to corporate officers and directors mass tort and environmental matters, but it has limited transactional capabilities, Webb said.
Troutman hopes to exploit its depth in real estate and finance and mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other general corporate work in the expansion of the Ross Dixon offices, Webb said.
Troutman now has about 650 lawyers, including more than 175 lawyers in four offices in Virginia that it acquired when it merged with Mays & Valentine in 2001.
By Alan Cooper