The law firm Stinson Leonard Street LLP officially launched Jan. 1.
On Sept. 23, 2013, Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard – two of the leading full-service law firms in the Midwest – announced they would combine. On Jan. 1, exactly 100 days later, the combined firm began business operations with offices in 14 cities and more than 520 attorneys, which puts Stinson Leonard Street among the 75 largest law firms in the U.S.
Leading Stinson Leonard Street’s management are co-managing partners Mark Hinderks and Lowell Stortz along with deputy managing partner Allison Murdock.
Since the announcement, management teams from both firms focused on combining practice groups, selecting practice leaders and taking steps to conclude 2013 on strong notes. Meanwhile, administrative teams from both firms worked to combine infrastructures, develop common policies and integrate business functions, from accounting to training.
“Hundreds of attorneys and staff from both firms worked hard to complete integration projects since our announcement,” said Hinderks, who will be based in the firm’s Kansas City office. “As a result, we start the New Year together and unified as one firm.”
“We were able to bring everything together quickly because our firms shared similar strategies, management styles and cultures,” said Stortz, who will be based in the firm’s Minneapolis office. “What we have accomplished also demonstrates how we remain nimble and decisive, even as a larger firm.”