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McCormick Barstow in Fresno will officially merge with a San Luis Obispo firm on Jan. 2, 2019.

published on November 13, 2018 - 9:57 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

The Central Valley’s biggest law firm has once again expanded its footprint, this time on the central coast.

Fresno-based McCormick Barstow, LLP, is merging with Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh, LLP, based in San Luis Obispo. Known as SJMS, the firm is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

McCormick Barstow will continue to employ all current SJMS employees in San Luis Obispo. SJMS lists 15 personnel on its online directory, including four attorneys and two “of counsel” attorneys.

The move expands McCormick Barstow’s footprint to seven locations – Fresno; Modesto; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Cincinnati, Ohio.

McCormick Barstow now has nearly 90 attorneys on staff. The agreement is scheduled to become final on Jan. 2, 2019.

The firms’ partners said “similarities in client representation and philosophy of client serve” make the merger a good fit.

“Providing the expertise and service our clients expect in the Central Coast region is something we have been interested in doing for some time, and after a few conversations with the partners at SJMS it was obvious that our firms would work very well together,” said Ken Baldwin, managing partner, McCormick Barstow.

Thoughtful expansion has been a priority for McCormick Barstow.

“We are growing, but we are being smart about it and intentional with service to our clients at the forefront of our decisions,” said Laura Wolfe, partner of McCormick Barstow. “Expanding the firm’s capabilities and geographic reach are top priorities. The lawyers and staff at SJMS give us the opportunity to do so with proven capabilities on the Central Coast.”

SJMS handles all matter of business law including transactions, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property and real estate.

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