JACKSON — Brunini Grantham Grower and Hewes has proven there is more than one way to merge. In fact, the venerable Jackson law firm has pulled off a “non-merger merger.”
Last month, it was announced that Brunini, founded in 1903, had been invited to join Meritas, a global network of independent, full-service law firms. The network currently encompasses 7,265 experienced lawyers in 176 law firms serving 237 markets.
Thus, in essence Brunini has executed a “global merger.”
Meritas confirmed that Brunini is the only Mississippi-based law firm currently in the Meritas alliance.
“With companies increasingly doing business throughout the United States and overseas, seamless legal representation on a global scale is vital,” said Granville Tate, managing partner at Brunini, in a statement, “Through Meritas, we are able to offer our clients in-depth knowledge of cultural and jurisdictional issues in all of the major markets around the world.”
According to the MBJ archives, the last Mississippi-based law firm to be a member of Meritas was Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., of Jackson. Ironically, the firm is now Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, LLP, after merging with the New Orleans-based firm last month.