Davis Wright Tremaine and Cole, Raywid & Braverman
Merge to Form Communications/Media/Technology Powerhouse
SEATTLE & WASHINGTON– LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs Network –In a strategic partnership designed to bring together two extraordinary communications law firms, the national law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Washington, D.C.-based Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP announced today that they are merging, effective January 1, 2007. This merger will create one of the strongest and most diversified communications practices in the U.S., with 120 lawyers now in Davis Wright Tremaine’s communications, media and technology law practice working together to provide top-quality legal services to our clients.
Cole, Raywid & Braverman is celebrating its 40th year as a leading communications law firm with exceptional expertise in the legal, business, regulatory and technological aspects of the communications industry. Davis Wright Tremaine, founded in Seattle in 1908, is nationally recognized as a leader in communications, media and technology law and has nine offices providing a full range of legal services in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Anchorage (Alaska), Seattle and Bellevue (Washington), and Shanghai (China).
“With this merger, we have now formed one of the strongest – and one of the largest – communications, media, and technology law practices in the country. There is no question that the highly respected and experienced lawyers at Cole, Raywid & Braverman are a perfect fit to grow our Washington, D.C. presence and the firm overall,” said Daniel M. Waggoner, chair of Davis Wright Tremaine’s national communications, media and technology law practice. “We have no doubt that our clients will greatly benefit from having access to the unique and diverse team of talented attorneys this merger creates.”
“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to provide a full range of services to our clients by calling upon the additional resources that Davis Wright Tremaine brings, particularly in complementary areas such as private equity, venture capital and corporate finance, as well as adjacent practice areas such as privacy and data security, health information technology, entertainment and advertising,” said Steven Horvitz, managing partner of Cole, Raywid & Braverman.
Burt Braverman, a senior partner of Cole, Raywid & Braverman, added, “We share a number of clients, have existing professional relationships and have similar cultures and values which make our firms a great match. Both firms provide excellent client service with our strong teams of attorneys with industry experience, including former in-house counsel, business professionals and government regulatory attorneys. This merger enhances both firms’ ability to meet our clients’ needs in this constantly changing industry.”
Davis Wright Tremaine has been actively pursuing opportunities to enhance the services it offers clients. The strategic merger with Cole, Raywid & Braverman was a significant opportunity to increase its ability to serve communications, media and technology clients with matters requiring a strong Washington, D.C. presence.
“We wanted to increase our overall presence and strength on the East Coast,” said Richard L. Cys, partner-in-charge of Davis Wright Tremaine’s D.C. office. “Since our firms and practice areas are so compatible, this merger presented a tremendous opportunity to enhance our ability to provide first-class services to our clients.”
Cole, Raywid & Braverman was founded by cable television pioneer Jack Cole. Its 35 attorneys – based primarily in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles – will join Davis Wright Tremaine’s nationally recognized communications, media and technology law practice, increasing the number of attorneys in this practice group to approximately 120. The merger more than doubles the size of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Washington, D.C. office and significantly increases the firm’s East Coast presence to 90 attorneys. The combined firms will now include 455 attorneys.
Once the merger becomes effective, Cole, Raywid & Braverman will adopt the Davis Wright Tremaine name and the offices will consolidate after a transition period. The combined D.C. office will be overseen by co-partners-in-charge, Richard L. Cys, who currently is partner-in-charge of Davis Wright Tremaine’s D.C. office, and Steven Horvitz, current managing partner of Cole, Raywid & Braverman.
About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine is a full service business and litigation law firm with national practices in the areas of communications, media and technology, intellectual property and litigation, among others. The firm now has 455 attorneys in nine offices.
About Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP
Cole, Raywid & Braverman advises clients in all areas of communications and Internet law, and emerging technologies, including voice, video, content, data, broadband, wireless, satellite, broadcast and microwave communications. The firm has 35 attorneys, primarily located in its D.C. office.