Cincinnati – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has merged with Michigan-based intellectual property boutique firm Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski, P.C. (Gifford Krass).
The merger strengthens Dinsmore’s presence in the Midwest and deepens its bench of intellectual property attorneys. The deal adds 17 attorneys and 32 professional staff to the firm. Last year Dinsmore merged with Peck, Shaffer & Williams, and earlier this year with Huddleston Bolen.
With the addition of Gifford and Krass, Dinsmore’s IP department now includes more than 75 attorneys (including more than 50 patent attorneys), ranking Dinsmore in the nation’s top 50 firms based on number of patent attorneys, according to rankings compiled by IP Today.
“Last year, we expanded our national footprint with offices in Chicago and Denver, and given the firm’s presence in the Midwest, Michigan was the logical next piece of the puzzle,” said George H. Vincent, Dinsmore’s managing partner and chairman. “Combining with Gifford Krass complements the deep talent we currently have in the IP area and makes geographic sense as we broaden the scope of services for our clients.”
Gifford Krass is based in Detroit, MI and has offices in Ann Arbor, MI and Mystic, CT. With roots stretching back to 1917, Gifford Krass is a prominent name in the Great Lakes State. The nearly 100 year-old firm features an established intellectual property practice with experience handling all areas of IP.
With the merger, Dinsmore will have 600 attorneys and locations in 20 cities throughout Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and West Virginia.