Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.— In a move that enhances legal services for clients in Virginia and beyond, the law firms of Woods Rogers PLC and Edmunds & Williams P.C. announced today they will join forces in Lynchburg effective October 1, 2016.
“The merger of Woods Rogers and Edmunds & Williams is a natural fit for both firms,” said Woods Rogers’ President Dan Summerlin. “Edmunds & Williams—the largest firm in Lynchburg—is known and respected for delivering exceptional service to their clients.”
Summerlin added, “This merger provides the opportunity for our attorneys collectively to bring enhanced skills, expertise, and value to all of our clients. Lynchburg is a significant and growing market strategically located between Woods Rogers’ offices in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Danville, and Richmond. On October 1, with the addition of Edmunds & Williams, Woods Rogers will have 78 attorneys in five Virginia offices.”
Edmunds & Williams Managing Partner Rick Sorenson said, “This merger allows us to efficiently provide greater services to our existing clients while working side by side with the like-minded Woods Rogers attorneys. The combined firm will also offer us the chance to grow and gain access to a broad spectrum of businesses in Virginia, the mid-Atlantic, and beyond.”
The firm will operate as Woods Rogers Edmunds & Williams PLC in Lynchburg; it will remain as Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Danville and other markets. In the coming weeks, both firms are working to integrate practice teams, client matters, employees, and systems. The largest practice groups in the combined firm will be Banking and Corporate, Labor and Employment, Health Care, Litigation, Tax, and Trusts and Estates.
Both Summerlin and Sorenson added, “The synergies of the two firms align closely. Together, we are motivated to grow and broaden legal capabilities and to strengthen client relationships for years to come, all the while delivering focused, effective service.”
- The effective date of combined operations for Woods Rogers Edmunds & Williams is October 1, 2016.
- In addition to Woods Rogers’ Roanoke office, the firm has offices in Charlottesville, Richmond, and Danville.
- This merger brings 15 of Edmunds & Williams attorneys to Woods Rogers’ roster.
- Four new associates are scheduled to join the Woods Rogers Roanoke office in September.
- After October 1, Woods Rogers will have five Virginia offices and a total count of 78 attorneys.