June 17, 2019

“Two Seattle law firms combine to form 180-attorney shop,” The Seattle Times

In an article published on June 17, 2019 in The Seattle Times, 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 two midsized law firms based in Seattle are combining forces to bolster their services and extend their reach. The merger of Foster Pepper, founded in 1904, and Garvey Schubert Barer, founded in 1966, which takes effect in September, will create one of the largest law firms based in the Pacific Northwest with 180 attorneys across six offices. 

Greg Duff said his firm had been searching since last fall for ways to expand its offerings, but had no desire to combine with one of the large national firms that increasingly see Seattle as a crucial market. 

“We were looking for a way to combine with someone very much like us,” said Duff. 

Addressing earlier departures, DiJulio said, “’We still have an extremely healthy real estate practice,’ and the combination with Garvey was an ‘opportunity to move forward.’”

Clients of Foster Garvey will include the Port of Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Bank, Costco Wholesale, Saltchuk, Space Needle LLC and the Washington State Convention Center. 

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