OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fennemore continues its strategic expansion in the West by announcing today that it is partnering with Wendel Rosen LLP, one of the oldest and largest full-service business law firms in the ‘East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. The combined company will be called Fennemore Wendel in Northern California and Fennemore in the rest of its footprint in Southern California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada.
A total of 56 attorneys and 45 associate legal professionals from Wendel will join Fennemore, bringing the firm’s total workforce to 250 attorneys in the western United States. The partners and shareholders of both companies have approved the combination, which will become effective on July 1, 2022.
This merger with Wendel completes Fennemore’s full-service offer, particularly in the fields of real estate, land use, litigation and trusts & estates. In 2021, Law.com named Fennemore the fastest growing large law firm in the nation. With Wendel Rosen’s three offices in Northern California, the company expands its existing presence in Southern and Central California to now include Oakland, Walnut Creek and Modesto in Northern California. The combination increases Fennemore’s office count to 14 locations.
“We are delighted to welcome these exceptional lawyers and professionals who share our commitment to innovating alongside our clients and helping them to thrive,” said James Goodnow, CEO and Managing Partner of Fennemore. “The Bay Area represents one of the greatest technology and business hubs in the world,” Goodnow said. “Together with the Wendel team, we will work to help our clients capitalize on the phenomenal economy in this region.”
“Starting a new era with Fennemore while staying true to our deep roots and commitment to the Bay Area will allow us to better serve our clients on the largest and most complex cases in Northern California and the states of the West,” said Dan Rapaport, Wendel Rosen’s managing partner. “We are extremely impressed with the talent, leadership and innovation of Fennemore’s employees. The cultures, values and deep commitment of the companies are indistinguishable.”
James Goodnow of Fennemore will remain CEO and Managing Partner of the combined company. Wendel’s Daniel Rapaport will join the management committee as a special advisor alongside executive committee member Steve Cramer, who brings more than 30 years of experience to Fennemore’s management team. William “Buddy” Rowell will be the local managing partner.
Over the past two years, Fennemore has completed three other major integrations, including a merger with California firm Dowling Aaron of Central Valley, the addition of the Reilly LLP litigation team in Denver, and the massive lateral hire of approximately 50 attorneys and allied legal professionals in Southern California.
Fennemore’s forward march is underpinned by a commitment to technology and a customer-centric, people-focused culture, as evidenced by the company’s 96% job satisfaction rating among all employees. The industry’s highest lawyer retention rate of 91.4% year-on-year stands in stark contrast to other firms’ loss of staff during the “Great Resignation.”
Founded in 1885, Fennemore is an NLJ250 law firm dedicated to helping businesses thrive. Whether launching start-ups with its venture capital accelerator, leading high-stakes mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 500 companies, or managing litigation between growth-stage companies, Fennemore has the good lawyers for your business. You can learn more about the firm and its offices in Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada at FennemoreLaw.com.
About Wendel Rosen.
Since 1909, Wendel Rosen has combined deep legal experience and a wide range of knowledge with a genuine personal commitment to her clients and her community. The company has helped shape the Bay Area skyline, build the region’s infrastructure, and protect California’s natural resources. Wendel has supported families, organizations and communities, advising them on how to adapt to change, grow and protect what matters most. The firm engages diverse perspectives and helps clients build their futures with confidence, while leading the legal industry in sustainable operations, creating an inclusive environment, and supporting countless community groups.