Law firms plan merger for intellectual-property work

November 25, 2013

BakerHostetler, a Cleveland-based law firm with an office in Columbus, plans to combine with Philadelphia-based Woodcock Washburn, a law firm focused on intellectual-property matters.

The merger is subject to a vote of both firms early next month.

If approved, the merger would be effective on Jan. 1.

Woodcock Washburn employs 68 lawyers. With the merger, BakerHostetler would double its current intellectual-property practice to 140 lawyers.

BakerHostetler employs more than 800 attorneys in 11 offices across the United States.

By combining with Woodcock Washburn, BakerHostetler gains a presence in three cities: Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seattle.