Stephen M. Forte, SGR’s managing partner and chair of the executive committee, said in a written statement that discussions about a possible merger began last August, with the view that “a combination could accelerate our growth in a way that single and small group lateral hires could not.” Forte will continue to be managing partner and chair of the executive committee of the combined firm.
Freeborn executive committee chair Joseph T. McCullough IV said in a written statement that the deal would allow the company to expand to key markets and “significantly grow in the highly competitive New York market.” McCullough, who will be a member of the combined firm’s executive committee, also said SGR’s offices in England and Germany would help to serve clients Freeborn has in London and Germany.
It’s SGR’s second combination with a Chicago firm in two years. In 2022, SGR combined with Chicago-based litigation boutique law firm Figliulo & Silverman P.C.
James Figliulo will be co-managing partner of the combined Chicago office with William E. Russell from Freeborn.