DUBLIN, Ireland - A large U.S. law firm with a footprint extending into Mexico has merged with a law firm in Ireland signalling a major push into Europe.
Clark Hill this week announced it was merging with well-known Irish firm O'Gradys Solicitors which not only provides it with a significant presence in Ireland, but establishes its first office within the European Union. With more tha 650 lawyers and twenty five offices in the US, Mexico and Ireland, Clark Hill will now be positioned to provide a full set of legal services to an international client base which is doing business in and through Ireland, complementing its full service offering in the U.S.
The merger with O'Gradys builds on the growth of its Dublin office in 2018 and brings the number of solicitors to 19. "Ireland is the logical choice for our first expansion into Europe," according to John Hern, CEO of Clark Hill.
"It has the fastest growing economy in the EU, while the EU itself is the second largest economy in the world. It is a very attractive destination for large numbers of the world's leading businesses, and so developing a significant presence there is an obvious step for us," he said.
According to Kirby Tarrant, Partner in Charge of Clark Hill's Dublin office: "We can now offer Irish clients, large and small, access to the full suite of legal services throughout the U.S. We are ideally placed to serve the increasing needs of U.S. clients doing business in and through Ireland, and equally to facilitate the globalisation goals of Irish SMEs wishing to expand into the U.S."
"In this era of globalisation, easy access to informed 'on the ground' legal advice is becoming more and more important. With offices on both sides of the Atlantic, we offer that 'down the corridor' service," Tarrant added.
Welcoming the news Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said: "The development of Ireland as an international litigation and arbitration hub in recent times enhances Ireland's reputation as a location for Foreign Direct Investment within Europe. Clark Hill's choice of Ireland as the location for its first European office demonstrates the country's attractive business environment and talented, highly skilled workforce. The firm is a welcome addition to the strong base of legal services firms operating in Ireland."
Clark Hill, which is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, is an international law firm with roots going back over 100 years. It is one of the largest law firms in the United States with over 650 attorneys and professionals in twenty five offices across the nation, as well as offices in Dublin and Mexico City.