Edwards Wildman Palmer was born of a 2011 merger between 500
attorney-strong, Boston-based firm Edwards, Angell, Palmer &
Dodge LLP and the smaller, Chicago-centric Wildman, Harrold, Allen
& Dixon LLP. The result of the merger is a 576-attorney firm
with offices throughout the U.S. as well as across the pond in the
U.K., Istanbul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Angels of Boston
Beantown lawyers at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge were
strong in insurance practice, financial services, litigation and
corporate law. The firm, formerly known as Edwards & Angell,
merged with fellow Boston-based firm Palmer & Dodge in 2005,
creating EAPD and amplifying the firm's life sciences and
technology practices in the process.
EAPD's sizeable M&A team handled international deals and
represented clients such as Citizens Bank, Bank of America,
Sovereign Bank and ING Capital. EAPD also fronted the acquisition
of several communications companies for Time Warner Cable. Based on
the sheer number of its private equity and venture capital deals,
EAPD ranked as one of the "most active" law firms by Dow Jones
Private Equity Analyst.
Wacker Drive Goes Hollywood
Wildman Harrold-co-founded by legendary Chicago trial lawyer Max
Wildman (known in the federal court circuit as "the Great One") in
1967. The firm was known primarily for its strength in
litigation-particularly in venture capital and private equity
cases-but also touted corporate, real estate, labor and government
affairs divisions. The Chicago-based firm, which also had a small
eight-lawyer attorney hub in sunnier Beverly Hills, represented
clients like Motorola, CNA, Honeywell, DuPont and Toys R Us as well
as dozens of private equity funds. Through its southern California
location, the firm garnered entertainment giants like MGM studios
and Paramount Pictures as clients.
A New Start
Officially merged in the fall of 2011, Edwards Wildman Palmer
represents Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 clients, as well as nonprofits
and government agencies. According to U.S. News, the firm
is nationally top-tier in intellectual property, and a close second
in several litigation categories, as well as corporate, private
equity and patent law.