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Merger of one of Columbia’s largest law firms now official

Christina Lee Knauss //April 3, 2023//

Merger of one of Columbia’s largest law firms now official

Christina Lee Knauss //April 3, 2023//

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The merger between one of Columbia’s largest law firms and an Alabama firm became official on Saturday, April 1.

Alabama-based Maynard Cooper and Gale and Carolinas-based Nexsen Pruet has officially merged to become one national law firm known as Maynard Nexsen, according to a news release.

The firm’s more than 550 professionals operate out of 23 offices coast to coast in the United States. This merger combines two client-centered firms focused on further expansion in high-growth, high-opportunity markets, bolstered by the increased depth and breadth of client service offerings, according to the firm’s leaders.

“This merger represents the union of two firms that have experienced growth and momentum over the past several years.” said Jeff Grantham, CEO and managing shareholder. “Now, we move forward as one, accelerating that growth through the synergies that come with an expanded geographic footprint, a deepening of expertise and talent, and an even greater commitment to our collective client-first approach.”

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Client growth has already been realized in immediate referrals between the merged firms. For example, a corporate client in Alabama announced a $130 million investment in South Carolina, and the new Maynard Nexsen team quickly engaged, the release said .

 “I am incredibly excited to officially begin our work under the Maynard Nexsen name,” said Leighton Lord, president and chief strategy officer. “Maynard Nexsen’s client-centered culture and bold entrepreneurial spirit are the driving forces behind our combined vision for growth. With our new bench strength and expertise, we are already better serving our clients with the same value proposition.”