JACKSON — The law firm of Adams and Reese, LLP has merged with the Columbia, S.C.-based firm Ellis Lawhorne, effective June 1.
With the addition of 23 attorneys in Columbia, Adams and Reese will have over 340 attorneys and advisors resident in 16 offices in seven states throughout the Southeast and Washington, D.C.
Adams and Reese managing partner Charles P. Adams Jr. and Ellis Lawhorne managing shareholder William P. McElveen Jr. made the announcement jointly.
McElveen will serve as a Transactions Practice Group Leader in the merged firm. Robert P. Bethea Jr. will serve as the partner in charge of the Adams and Reese Columbia office.
“Our firm’s strategic plan directs selective growth in targeted markets, and from our first meeting with the shareholders of Ellis Lawhorne last November, we knew our firms were a perfect fit,” said Adams. “From the outset, we realized that our firms shared similar values, clients, and a complementary practice mix. We were extremely impressed with Ellis Lawhorne, the caliber of their attorneys, their practice, and their clients from the first time we were introduced.”
Ellis Lawhorne has been a member of the Columbia business community since the firm’s founding in 1980.
The Columbia office opening marks Adams and Reese’s second merger in 2013. In March, the law firm expanded its Florida footprint with the addition of a Jacksonville office as its fifth Florida location merging with Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, Rogerson & Wachs.