Two Legacy Pacific Northwest Law Firms Agree to Combine Forces

Merger of Foster Pepper and Garvey Schubert Barer will create one of the largest law firms in the region
Updated: Tue, 06/18/2019 - 09:53
  • Merger of Foster Pepper and Garvey Schubert Barer will create one of the largest law firms in the region

Seattle law firms Foster Pepper PLLC and Garvey Schubert Barer PC are merging their practices to create a new legal powerhouse in the Pacific Northwest, with some 180 attorneys across six offices.

The merger is slated to become effective Sept. 1, resulting in the new firm, Foster Garvey PC, operating offices in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, New York and Washington, D.C., as well as in Beijing, China.

“This combination of equally strong firms is a unique opportunity to strengthen and expand the services provided to our clients, including more comprehensive knowledge, greater industry insights and broader geographic reach,” says Greg Duff, chair and principal at Garvey Schubert Barer. “The newly formed Foster Garvey will leverage the assets of each firm.”

Duff and Steve Dijulio, managing partner of Foster Pepper, will serve as co-chairs of the new Foster Garvey.

“This combination will enhance our ability to provide clients of both firms the highest level of service and support in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States for their most important business opportunities,” DiJulio says.

The combined firms, which together have nearly 170 years of history in the Pacific Northwest, will offer clients legal services across multiple areas, ranging from business and corporate finance to cannabis, cybersecurity and public policy law. Clients now served by the law firms include the Port of Seattle, Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia Bank, Wholesale Corp., Saltchuk, Space Needle LLC and the Washington State Convention Center.

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