No sooner have Piper Rudnick announced their acquisition of West Coast’s Gray Cary and they’re now smacking their lips over the acquisition of UK-based international lawyers DLA.

Following Piper Rudnick’s agreement to acquire San Diego firm Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, DLA and Piper Rudnick are now due to vote on the ‘second leg’ of a strategy to build a world top-10 law firm.

The new Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is a 1300-attorney firm. However the addition of DLA would create a 3000-plus lawyer firm with revenues of over $1.2 billion.

Piper Rudnick co-chairmen, Francis Burch and Lee Miller are reported to be about to start a tour of DLA offices in an effort to “sell” the deal to DLA and preceeds a trip to the East where the same process will continue.

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