Tulsa Law Firms Merge

Two Tulsa law firms announce their merger — in a move that will strengthen and expand the legal services they can offer a growing client base and meet their increasing legal needs.
The merger of Herrold Herrold & Co. PC with Sneed Lang PC to form Sneed Lang Herrold PC places the firm among the top 15 largest law firms in Tulsa, according to the Tulsa Business Journal Largest Law Firms list to be published in the July 6 issue.
With 17 attorneys, Sneed Lang Herrold is tied for 12th place ranking on the list, which is ranked by number of lawyers in Tulsa.
“By blending our two firms together, we give our clients access to a larger, more experienced pool of legal talent and in a greater diversity of practice areas. These we can strategically deploy to meet the unique needs of a specific case or issue as it arises,” said D. Faith Orlowski, the new firm’s president. “On those very large and challenging projects, the merger allows us to rally our resources to tackle multi-faceted issues and ensure our clients come out ahead.”
Based on the top floor of Williams Center Tower I at 1 W. Third St., the firm, which will continue to serve local, regional, national and international clients in such areas as civil litigation, trials and appeals, oil and gas law, business organization, transactions and securities, Native American law and gaming, banking law, lender liability and creditor’s rights, family law, entertainment and sports law, white collar criminal defense, labor and employment law, estate planning, wills and trust, probate and guardianship, products liability, catastrophic injury and class actions.
“We believe the merger gives our clients the range of services, experience and capabilities of a firm double or triple the size of what we were before the merger, and it increases our abilities to be responsive and cost conscious, while retaining the personalized attention of the small firm,” said David Herrold, the firm’s vice president of finance.
Despite the soft economy, firm leaders say 2008 was one of the strongest years for both firms, and they anticipate continued growth for 2009 and beyond.
“Our business is fairly elastic, meaning we tend to see a need for legal services during good times as well as rough periods in the economy,” said Herrold. “Given the current level of activity, it wouldn’t surprise me if we moved forward with adding key employees or practice groups within the first year after the merger.”
Before merging, the firms were of comparable size and in need of additional resources to handle growing case loads.
Combining the two teams has “created synergies and fostered collaboration between attorneys and staff that strengthens their respective practices,” said G. Steven Stidham, the firm’s vice president of operations. This, in turn, “enables our firm to service a much larger legal community with an eye toward maintaining a personal touch and cost-effectiveness.”
Herrold Herrold & Co. was established by brothers Don and Jack Herrold in 1983 as a full-service firm emphasizing business, insurance, real estate, civil litigation (trials and appeals), medical malpractice, business organization and transactions and estate planning. Sneed Lang was founded in 1970 by the late James Sneed and James Lang, representing Fortune 500 companies including of oil and gas companies, businesses and individuals charged with white collar crime, injured plaintiffs, insurance companies, Native American interests and other entities and individuals.
“We are thrilled to enter the next stage of our adventure in Tulsa with renewed vigor,” said Orlowski. “This merger gives us the experience and the platform of an older firm with the energy and enthusiasm of a new one.”
Other corporate officers include Jack N. Herrold, executive vice president, and Donald E. Herrold, secretary and general counsel.

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