Law firms to merge


Courtesy Clark Hill

A national law firm with a local office will merge with a law firm on the West Coast this month.

Detroit-based Clark Hill, which has a Grand Rapids office, said yesterday it plans to combine with Los Angeles-based Morris Polich & Purdy, or MPP, a firm with offices in California and Nevada.

Effective July 17, the united firm will operate under the name Clark Hill and have a staff of 450 lawyers — 350 from Clark Hill and 100 from MPP.

Clark Hill said the merger will “enhance” its ability to serve clients, particularly in litigation.

MPP will bring in practice areas Clark Hill does not currently have, including architecture and engineering, aviation and marine and life sciences.

“MPP has a distinguished reputation, an outstanding group of clients and lawyers in important business centers: L.A., San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas,” said John Hern Jr., CEO, Clark Hill. “We are delighted that our firms are coming together.”

Donald Ridge, managing partner of MPP, said the two firms have experienced “considerable success in recent years” and plan to continue in that vein.

“This combination will put us in a stronger position to meet the needs of our clients throughout the country and address their business and legal challenges,” Ridge said. "We are excited to move forward.”

Clark Hill

Established in 1890, Clark Hill serves a diverse range of businesses, public entities and individuals nationally and internationally.

The firm has a number of other offices: Birmingham; Chicago; Dublin; Lansing; Morgantown, West Virginia; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Princeton, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Delaware.


Morris Polich & Purdy represents clients in all 50 states as well as U.S. possessions and has attorneys with litigation experience in trial and appellate courts.

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