In the latest Canadian law firm merger move, mid-size Bay Street shop Aylesworth LLP is being folded into the Toronto affiliate of Michigan-based Dickinson Wright PLLC.
Dickinson Wright has had a small Toronto presence for some time, with three Canadian-licensed lawyers but the firm wanted to “expand its footprint.” The new firm will be known as Dickinson Wright LLP and operate as a separate entity from the U.S. firm. The expanded Toronto affiliate will have about 25 lawyers and be located in Aylesworth’s Bay Street digs.
“Aylesworth and Dickinson Wright in Toronto entered into a practice combination agreement. It’s not an acquisition per se, it’s a combination of the practices,” said chief marketing officer Michelle Murad in an interview after the official announcement yesterday.