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Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler Complete Merger

February 2017

Pictured are: Jennifer P. Keller, president & chief operating officer of Baker Donelson; Ben C. Adams, chair & CEO of Baker Donelson; S. Craig Holden, chair & CEO of Ober|Kaler; and Darlene R. Davis, president & chief operating officer of Ober|Kaler.

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have completed their previously announced combination, resulting in one of the 50 largest law firms in the country. The combined firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, boasts more than 800 attorneys and advisors across 25 offices in 10 states as well as Washington, D.C.

Baker Donelson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ben C. Adams says, “The initial integration process has gone smoothly due in large part to the similar cultures of our firms and a lot of hard work by numerous people with both firms. Moving forward, there’s more to be done but we look forward to working with our new colleagues as one firm to bring our clients all the advantages and benefits that were the motivation behind our decision to join firms.”

Joining from Ober|Kaler were nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, giving the combined firm more than 800 attorneys and advisors, including around 380 shareholders and nearly 1,600 total employees. There were no layoffs at either firm as a result of the merger.

S. Craig Holden, who previously served as Ober|Kaler’s chair and CEO, said, “We are very proud to officially be part of Baker Donelson. We are focused now on collaborating with our clients and getting them integrated and aware of the additional resources this combination brings.”