In an article published on June 17, 2019 in The Recorder, Steve DiJulio, managing partner of Foster Pepper, and Greg Duff, firm chair and principal of Garvey Schubert Barer, provide insight into the combination of the firms to create Foster Garvey PC.
The combination, which will become effective on Sept. 1, will create a firm with 180 attorneys and six offices in the U.S. and Beijing, making it one of the region’s largest law firms.
Duff said the firms began discussions last fall as Garvey Schubert Barer deliberately sought to expand its offerings to meet increasing client demands.
“It became quite clear, from both firms’ perspectives, that there was a great fit here,” Duff said, further stating that both firms thought a lot about key cultural issues, like the way we represent clients and treat our staff.
DiJulio added that Foster Pepper decided to move forward with Garvey Schubert Barer because of the firm’s history in the Pacific Northwest.
“We stepped back, did some strategic planning… and thought that our best opportunity to address our clients’ demands and working toward the future was to focus on a firm with longstanding roots in the Northwest and complementary practices. Garvey Schubert Barer fits that planning perfectly and we couldn’t be more pleased with this opportunity,” said Dijulio.
Foster Pepper is particularly strong in the public finance practice, representing Northwest states and local government in major infrastructure developments, such as hydroelectric projects, roads and bridges, or other critical infrastructures.
Garvey Schubert Barer has developed expertise in practice areas including labor and employment, finance, litigation, taxes, bankruptcy and real estate.
Together, the combined firm will continue to deepen and serve clients in key practice areas and industries that include health care, hospitality, land use and environmental services, public infrastructure finance and affordable housing, real estate, technology and transportation.
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