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March 14, 2011 5:13 PM

Oklahoma City Firms Announce Sooner State Merger

Posted by Brian Baxter

Leading Oklahoma City firms Crowe & Dunlevy and Day, Edwards, Propester & Christensen announced on Monday that they would combine operations to create a 140-lawyer firm that will be one of the largest in the Sooner State, reports The Oklahoman.

Bruce Day, a name partner at Day Edwards, told the newspaper that the merger would allow both firms to handle work for both national and international clients. Day's firm, while not one of the largest in the state, does have expertise in the securities and litigation arena for financial services clients.

Crowe & Dunlevy president Roger Stong told The Oklahoman that the merger with Day Edwards would bolster his firm's expertise in securities arbitration, banking, and employment matters.

Attorneys from 20-lawyer Day Edwards will join 119-lawyer Crowe & Dunlevy's Oklahoma City office by the end of the month, according to a statement from both firms announcing the merger. (Crowe & Dunlevy also has offices in Tulsa and Norman.)

Not making the move to Crowe & Dunlevy is Day Edwards name partner J. Clay Christensen, who The Oklahoman reports declined his partners' offer to become part of a larger shop. Earlier this year, Christensen's brother, D. Wade Christensen, left Day Edwards to start his own law firm. Wade Christensen made the move to avoid potential conflicts caused by his wife Mary Fallin, the current governor of Oklahoma.

Day told The Oklahoman that Clay Christensen will retain some of Day Edwards's staff, but that the two soon-to-be-former partners will continue to work closely together.

Other leading firms in Oklahoma include McAfee & Taft, Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, Conner & Winters, GableGotwals, and Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson. C. Ray Lees, an M&A partner at the Commercial Law Group energy boutique in Oklahoma City, was recently named one of our Dealmakers of the Week. Omaha-based Kutak Rock is one of the few national firms to have a presence in the state.

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