The new year brought a new era for one of San Diego’s oldest law firms.
On Jan. 3, Mulvaney Barry Beatty Linn & Mayers LLP announced it had merged with Cincinnati-based Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The merger, which became official on Jan. 1, will add Mulvaney Barry’s 10 attorneys and a team of eight business professionals to Dinsmore’s San Diego office on West Broadway.
The Mulvaney firm was founded in 1969 by Jim Mulvaney, a prominent member of the community and a past Rotary Club Mr. San Diego.
“There’s a lot of history here, but there’s a lot of opportunity going forward, and we’re excited about that,” said Mulvaney Senior Partner Everett Barry. “For us, the merger is a unique opportunity to have a national platform with a number of attorneys.”
Barry pointed out that in his area of practice representing banks and financial institutions, Mulvaney’s out-of-state transactions would, in the past, require relying on local council on those jurisdictions.
“But with the Dinsmore merger, we should have more attorneys in pretty much all the states,” he said.
In addition to offering clients a wider geographical area, Barry said clients will also benefit from Dinsmore’s expertise in more areas of law.
“Dinsmore is excellent in intellectual property, employment and other things that complement our practice. In the past we haven’t been able to offer those services,” he said.
Likewise, Dinsmore is looking to benefit from Mulvaney’s long experience in San Diego. In a statement, Dinsmore described the merger as a “logical business decision” due to Mulvaney’s “50-year history of solid performance and stability.”
“Everett Barry is a, if not the, premier commercial lending lawyer in southern California,” said Joshua Lorentz, Dinsmore managing partner. “For decades he has been the go-to counsel in banking, real estate, creditor’s rights and insolvency law, while partner John Mayers keeps the other half of the house busy with commercial litigation matters. The Mulvaney Barry team is excited about joining forces with the Dinsmore & Shohl team.”
Growing National Firm
Dinsmore has been growing steadily over the last several years, adding attorneys in various markets throughout the country, and now has more than 750 lawyers coast to coast.
“Dinsmore’s work ethic and creative problem solving have positioned us as a leading firm in our 29 regional markets,” Lorentz said. “Our fair pricing and practical business driven solutions have led to a growing number of national clients turning to Dinsmore for their comprehensive legal needs. This merger solidifies our bench strength on the west coast.”
Dinsmore has especially accelerated the growth of its intellectual property practice, which has expanded to more than 100 attorneys in 17 offices under the leadership of Lorentz, who was elected to managing partner effective Jan. 1 after serving as the firm’s Intellectual Property and Finance Committee chair. Lorentz said he looks forward to accelerating Dinsmore’s “upward trajectory” of growth through mergers, lateral acquisition and organic growth.
Barry said the Mulvaney team was “extremely impressed with Dinsmore’s national platform and its ability to draw on experience and talent across the country.” Equally, the team was also impressed by Dinsmore’s commitment to diversity initiatives, and their “collaborative spirit and culture.”
In 2022, Dinsmore earned its Mansfield 5.0 certification and received the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Top Performer and Compass awards, while also being recognized by BTI Consulting as a 2022 Associate and Women Associate Satisfaction A-Lister.
“When we had the opportunity to talk with the Dinsmore people it was clear we shared a lot of common interests and have a lot of symmetry going forward,” Barry said. “It was an easy decision for us as we look to expand services for our loyal, long-term clients.”
Dinsmore & Shohl
Managing Partner: Joshua Lorentz
Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio
Business: National law firm
Notable: Among Dinsmore’s client list of businesses are sports teams like The Cincinnati Reds and Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble