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May 3, 2011 11:51 AM

Robins Kaplan Picks Up Seven-Lawyer L.A. Boutique

Posted by Brian Baxter

Reeder Lu, a seven-lawyer litigation boutique based in Los Angeles, is shutting down its operations as its attorneys prepare to join 245-lawyer Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

Partners Christopher Reeder and Richard Schloss are joining Robins Kaplan, according to a statement announcing the move, along with associates Wesley Lew, Duncan McCreary, Harris Madnick, Andrew Howard, and Brian Lauter.

Name partner Reeder told The Recorder, a sibling publication, that his former colleague Beverly Lu had left Reeder Lu a few months ago to pursue other career opportunities. As previously reported by The Recorder, the boutique opened in 2009 with several former lawyers from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

Reeder, who has previously worked at Kaye Scholer and Lord, Bissell & Brook, told The Recorder that the firm once numbered 12 attorneys. But a growing caseload meant that a merger with a larger partner made more sense.

Richard Kolodny, president of attorney search firm The Portfolio Group, brokered the merger with Robins Kaplan, The Recorder reports. The firm, which opened in L.A. in 1995, will now have nearly 40 lawyers in the city. Robins Kaplan previously added five entertainment lawyers from defunct Dreier LLP in January 2009.

Reeder Lu becomes the latest L.A. boutique to link up with a larger shop as out-of-town firms flock to open offices in sunny southern California.

Last month Kelley Drye & Warren announced the opening of an office in L.A. after acquiring White O'Connor Fink & Brenner. That followed Venable raiding a prominent boutique for two partners and Dewey & LeBoeuf snagging ten lawyers from bankruptcy boutique Hennigan Dorman in February.

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