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Faegre Drinker Shutters All Offices Due to Coronavirus Concerns

March 10, 2020, 9:19 PM

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath shut down all of its offices at least for the day Tuesday after firm leaders were notified Monday night that a visitor to a recent event in its Washington office had later tested positive for coronavirus.

According to a statement from the firm, Faegre Drinker decided to close each of its offices across 22 cities on Tuesday and it has temporarily closed its locations in the nation’s capital.

No firm personnel has tested positive for the virus, the statement said.

"(T)his is simply a precautionary measure while we evaluate the appropriate path forward,” it said. “Our attorneys, consultants and professionals are equipped with the required technology to work remotely and remain ready and available to assist clients.”

Firms have rushed to adjust their workplace policies in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak. Some have canceled travel and major meetings, and a few have temporarily closed offices as a precaution.

It’s unclear when Faegre Drinker’s doors will be open again. The firm currently has 22 offices globally including in London, Beijing, and Shanghai.

According to the statement, “As we evaluate when to re-open offices, we will keep the health and safety of our personnel, clients, visitors and the public at the front of our minds.”

Faegre Drinker is the result of a recent merger between Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath.

The firm appears to have two separate office spaces on K Street in Washington, according to its website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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