Jennings Strouss and Robbins & Green Announce Merger

5.8.06

Jennings Strouss & Salmon and Robbins & Green will fulfill mutual strategic goals to expand and enhance their respective and complementary practice areas by combining the two firms.

Robbins & Green, a 33-year-old Valley-based law firm founded by Philip A. Robbins in 1973, is expected to merge into Jennings Strouss effective June 1, 2006. Once complete, up to 16 attorneys, as well as associated support staff from Robbins & Green, will move into the Jennings Strouss offices in the Collier Center building in downtown Phoenix. This will bring the total number of Jennings Strouss attorneys to more than 100.

The two firms opened discussions in January.

"Robbins & Green is a well-established, highly respected firm that we felt had many of the attributes of Jennings Strouss in terms of culture, capabilities and the quality of attorneys," said John C. West, Jennings Strouss' Managing Attorney. "This merger fulfills part of our growth strategy by adding to all of our core commercial practice areas. Robbins & Green has several very experienced business attorneys and litigators, like Phil Robbins who is among the most respected trial lawyers in the industry, not only in Arizona but across the nation."

Robbins, who is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is currently Board Chair of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, and is a member of the NAFTA Advisory Commission on Private Commercial Disputes. He has chaired the American College of Trial Lawyers' International Committee. He has been practicing law in Arizona since 1957 and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America®.

"Many of our lawyers have known Robbins & Green attorneys for years as both co-counsel and as respected adversaries," West said. "We look forward to working together on the same team.

"Robbins & Green Director, Peter Sorensen, said that his firm "has been looking to expand our client base and our practice areas to better serve our existing clients. We approached Jennings Strouss because they have a fine reputation for quality lawyering and a long standing client base that we thought would complement ours."

Jennings Strouss has offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arrowhead and Washington, D.C. Jennings Strouss alumni include Arizona Senator John Kyl, former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles E. "Bud" Jones, and United States District Court Judge Frederick Martone. The firm was founded in Arizona in 1942 and focuses on litigation, healthcare, corporate business, intellectual property, energy and utilities, real estate and employment law.