Kilpatrick Stockton, an Atlanta-based law firm with a large Raleigh office, is merging with a smaller San Francisco firm.
The union with Townsend and Townsend and Crew will form a firm with nearly 650 lawyers in 17 offices. The new firm will be renamed Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton on Jan. 1.
In North Carolina, Kilpatrick also has offices in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. The Raleigh office has 38 lawyers, led by partner Gary K. Joyner.
Townsend has offices in Washington, but none in this state.
The combined firms will create one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world.
“Considering that the Triangle has a lot of knowledge-based workers and a lot of technology companies we feel like it will be beneficial to us to have merged,” Joyner said. “We think it will enhance both our service offerings as well as maybe our attractiveness to other lawyers to possibly join us.”