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Florida's Broad and Cassel law firm combining forces with much larger Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Published Jun. 11, 2018

Florida law firm Broad and Cassel is combining with Columbia, S.C.-based Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, the two firms announced Monday.

The new firm — to be known in Florida as Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel — will have more than 725 attorneys in 25 offices in 11 states and Washington, D.C.

"It's amazing what we've accomplished over the last seven decades as a statewide midsize firm and since establishing our Tampa Bay office more than 20 years ago," said Broad and Cassel Tampa office managing partner Robert Sickles. "Now, as we combine with Nelson Mullins, our Tampa attorneys are excited about the larger regional footprint and the elevation of our key practice areas on a much larger platform."

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The partners in both firms voted overwhelmingly in favor of the deal, which is expected to become official Aug. 1, according to a news release. Terms were not disclosed.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough was the nation's 88th largest law firm based on 2016 revenue, according to American Lawyer's look at the top 100 firms released last year. Broad and Cassel currently has 150 attorneys in 10 offices around Florida.

"Expanding in Florida is an important element to have the depth and breadth of a super-regional firm along the East coast, and Broad and Cassel is an ideal partner given their strong presence in Florida," said Jim Lehman, Managing Partner of Nelson Mullins. "On a combined basis, we will also have leading national practice groups in corporate and litigation in areas such as real estate, health care, pharmaceuticals, and the automobile industry."

Lehman will remain the managing partner of the firm. C. David Brown, Broad and Cassel's chairman, will become a voting member of the executive committee.

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Contact Graham Brink at gbrink@tampabay.com. Follow @GrahamBrink.

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