San Diego Business Journal

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, the area’s fourth largest law firm measured by local attorneys, has been acquired. The firm was established in 1873, but its name will no longer be used after its acquisition by Washington, D.C.-based McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is complete. The firm’s name, venerated in local legal circles, is easily the oldest in San Diego.

The firms said last year that they were in discussions but said little else, as reported in November by the Business Journal. Financial terms of the acquisition weren’t released.

Kurt Kicklighter, Luce Forward’s managing partner, said, “By combining with McKenna Long & Aldridge, we provide our clients with an international network of talented attorneys who can service any needs they might have beyond California.”

The merged firm will have some 600 attorneys and public policy advisers in 15 offices in the United States and internationally. Luce Forward has 143 attorneys statewide, according to this year’s Book of Lists.

McKenna Long is much larger, with 475 attorneys and public policy advisers, and has nine offices, including one in Brussels.

Luce operated six offices in the state: downtown San Diego, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County. Luce Forward had national aspirations for years, and at one time operated offices in New York City and Chicago.

All the current offices will be maintained as of now, a contracted spokesman said, but that may change, “depending on leases and the integration of practice groups.”

— Mike Allen