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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 9, 2014

The merger of Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell and Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop was more about culture and geography than money, said Michael Keeney, managing shareholder of Lewis Thomason’s Memphis office. In an interview with the Memphis Business Journal, Keeney reports that the two firms discussed the merger for most of 2013 and concluded the move would benefit both. “When you’re in a professional services organization like a law firm, the people and the culture really need to work. Most of our practice areas were very complementary, and at the end of the day each firm improved its depth and breadth of services with this merger.” Keeney also points out that the firm has “about an equal amount of lawyers in all of the cities” where it has offices and will not have a headquarters, though some central management will occur in Knoxville. “We’re very much a state-based firm” and “geographical diversity is critical,” he said.