Dentons announces combination with Utah firm

The combination is another step in furthering the firm’s US-based Project Golden Spike

Dentons announces combination with Utah firm

Dentons has announced a combination with Utah firm Durham Jones & Pinegar in a step that furthers Dentons’s US-based Project Golden Spike.

The combination is in line with the firm’s initiative to address the “new dynamic” environment in the legal industry, which is driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn.

“This combination with Durham Jones & Pinegar is a testament to our commitment to helping clients navigate this new dynamic,” Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew said. “As the largest law firm in the world, we are constantly finding new ways to support our clients, wherever they may be.”

With a roster of almost 100 lawyers and four branches in the state, Durham Jones & Pinegar is among the biggest law firms in Utah. The firm specialises in areas like complex business and finance law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, estate planning, employment, family law and immigration.

“We are excited to be combining with Dentons, a widely respected law firm that, like us, clearly prioritises innovation and adaptability, especially during these extraordinary times. Our combination with Dentons will allow our clients to continue to be served by lawyers they know and trust, who can now connect them to colleagues across the country and around the world,” said Todd Leishman, chairman and president of Durham Jones & Pinegar.

Dentons global CEO Elliott Portnoy said that the Salt Lake City metropolitan area is “a model for the new dynamic economy: a community with a history of strong economic growth and stability that continues to foster a vibrant, diverse group of innovative businesses and initiatives.”

“We look forward to becoming the first global law firm with an office in the ‘Silicon Slopes’,” he said.

Other Project Golden Spike combinations are those of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby with Dentons US.

“In times of accelerated change, the model of law firm combinations needs to continue to transform. Through the Golden Spike model and this combination with Durham Jones & Pinegar, Dentons is able to foster true collaboration between member firms and continue its trajectory to better serve clients across our focus on the 100 largest legal markets in the US,” said Toby McClamroch, Dentons United States region managing partner.

Earlier this year, Dentons expanded across Latin America, making legal history in Uruguay and becoming the biggest global brand in Argentina’s legal market.

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