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Stinson Morrison to merge with Minnesota firm

  • Kansas City Star
  • Published Monday, Sep. 23, 2013, at 10:50 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Sep. 23, 2013, at 4:45 p.m.

Stinson Morrison Hecker is merging with a Minneapolis law firm, the firms’ partners decided over the weekend.

Stinson Morrison, which has operations in Wichita, will join with Leonard, Street and Deinard of Minneapolis to become Stinson Leonard Street. The combined firm will become the 75th-largest firm in the U.S. with 525 attorneys, and the merger will become effective Jan. 1. The firms will have a “distributed” headquarters in Minneapolis and Kansas City.

Mark Hinderks, managing partner of Stinson, said his firm has been familiar with Leonard, Street for a number of years and that both have similar business cultures. Stinson is the larger of the two, with 325 lawyers. Leonard, Street has 200.

“We have collaborated as a part of a Midwest peer group for more than a decade,” Hinderks said. “As a result, we knew we shared a common business culture and vision, and a strong commitment to our respective communities and clients.”

The combined firm will have offices in 14 cities in the Midwest, Mountain West and the Southwest, and will combine its offices in Washington, D.C. Hinderks and Lowell Stortz will serve as co-managing partners, and Allison Murdock will be the deputy managing partner.

In Wichita, Stinson Morrison operates an office at 1625 N. Waterfront Parkway. The office employs 15 attorneys and about a dozen support staff, said Wichita managing partner Lynn Preheim.

Preheim said Leornard, Street has offices in markets where Stinson does not, but where Stinson’s clients do business and will be able to use the legal support.

“It just works better for us to have a little larger presence in the Midwest,” Preheim said of the merger.

Stinson Morrison Hecker was formed in 2002 with the merger of Stinson Mag & Fizzell and Morrison & Hecker. Leonard, Street and Deinard has been in business in Minneapolis for 91 years.

Contributing: Jerry Siebenmark of The Eagle

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