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Kelley Drye Merges with Texas Firm

Dec. 1, 2016, 3:46 PM

Kelley Drye & Warren is merging with a Texas law firm known for its environmental litigation practice.

In an announcement Thursday, Kelley Drye said it would add 14 lawyers by bringing Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, P.C. into its fold.

The deal will employ the newly added lawyers in Houston and Austin, where the firm will go by Kelley Drye Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs through 2017.

Jackson Gilmour is known for its work representing the state of New Jersey in a superfund program to rejuvenate the Passaic River, which had been polluted by companies including Diamond Alkali.

Kelley Drye, with more than 300 lawyers, is a full service firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as Brussels and Belgium.

The acquisition brings new leadership posts to those joining.

Jackson Gilmour’s William J. Jackson will co-chair the environmental law practice along with Kelley Drye’s William M. Guerry Jr. Jackson will also be the managing partner of the Texas offices. And John. D.S. Gilmour will chair the firm’s newly formed environmental litigation practice.

The attorneys joining Kelley Drye in Houston include, according to the press release:

Firm founders Mr. Jackson, Mr. Gilmour, and Micheal W. Dobbs, as well as partners Ann L. Al-Bahish, Kenneth O. Corley, John L. Hagan, William C. Petit, special counsel Melanie McDonald, and associates Jordan A. Rodriguez, Lauren K. Valastroand Mark Donatiello.

In Austin, partners John A. Riley and Paul C. Sarahan will join the firm, together with associate Allison Lowry.

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