OAKLAND, CA—Fennemore continues its strategic Western expansion announcing today that it is combining with Wendel Rosen LLP, one of the oldest and largest full-service business law firms in the San Francisco Bay area. The combined firm will be called Fennemore Wendel in Northern California and Fennemore across the rest of its footprint in Southern California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada.
In all, 56 attorneys and 45 allied legal professionals from Wendel will join Fennemore, bringing the firm’s total roster to 250 attorneys across the Western United States. The partners and shareholders from both firms approved the combination, which becomes effective July 1, 2022.
Fennemore’s James Goodnow will remain CEO and managing partner of the combined firm. Wendel’s Daniel Rapaport will join the management committee as a special advisor along with executive committee member Steve Cramer, who brings more than 30 years of experience to Fennemore’s management team. William “Buddy” Rowell will be the local managing partner.