San Francisco-based Heller Ehrman is in merger talks with Chicago’s Mayer Brown, reports The American Lawyer (an affiliate of Legal Times).
For Heller, the past year has been a grim one. Am Law says as many as 25 partners have left firmwide. Earlier this month, the firm’s Washington office sustained a couple of blows: Geoffrey Aronow left his post as D.C. managing partner to join Bingham McCutchen, and special counsel Anthony Mansfield departed for McDermott Will & Emery.
Am Law reports that the talks with Mayer Brown started just over two weeks ago, when a potential union with Baker & McKenzie fell apart.