Buchanan Ingersoll PC ranked 98th in the National Law Journal's 28th annual survey of the nation's 250 largest law firms, as noted in the November 22, 2005, issue of The Legal Intelligencer. This marks a significant increase for the firm, moving up 22 spots from its ranking of 120 in 2004.
The firm has undergone a series of acquisitions and additions during the past 12 months, including: lobbying boutique Hill Solutions; a group of seven litigators from Saul Ewing; the 55 attorneys and patent professionals of Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis; a team of IP and business litigators in San Diego; a group of three government relations professionals in Washington, D.C.; a group of seven high-profile tax and immigration lawyers in Miami; and the litigation boutique of Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker in New York.
"All of our additions were pursuant to our strategic plan, which contains a call for a strengthening of each of our primary offices and in our core areas," CEO Tom VanKirk told The Legal Intelligencer. These areas include litigation, intellectual property, corporate work, banking and real estate.
After noting that the firm's head count currently lingers around 416 with the additions of Hill Solutions and partners from Saul Ewing, VanKirk said, "I don't think we will continue to expand at that rate," noting, however, that the firm is hoping to open a new office.
VanKirk went on to say that another one of the firm's goals was to expand its presence on the West Coast while increasing its East Coast presence.