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August 25, 2008 5:29 PM

Following Losses, Thelen Renames Itself

Posted by Nate Raymond

SteinerjFollowing the departure of a third name partner, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner announced today that it will rename itself "Thelen."

The news followed word earlier today that Jeffrey Steiner and seven corporate and finance partners were leaving for DLA Piper. The departure of Steiner (right), who cochaired the real estate group, followed that of partners Richard Raysman and Peter Brown. The threesome made up the "Brown Raysman & Steiner" portion of the firm name following a 2006 merger.

Raysman this month left for Otterbourg Steindler Houston & Rosen in New York. Brown left  for Baker & Hostetler in late April. Last week, Thelen also lost a four-partner energy and projects group to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Thelen, in a press release sent out this afternoon, says the name change will take effect September 9 and will better reflect the firm's history.

"A single corporate identity also has the added benefit of consistent branding in the domestic and global markets in which Thelen operates," the firm said.

The release did not mention the partner defections, nor that the firm is seeking another merger partner, nor the 26 associates and 85 staffers it laid off in March. The release did stress the firm will focus on "core practices" such as construction, energy, China, complex litigation, finance, and intellectual property.

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