While firms that will anchor Central and West Loop buildingsalso will leave vacant space in their wake, the merger of SeyfarthShaw LLP and 100-year-old D'Ancona & Pflaum LLC will createmore vacancy in the East Loop. D'Ancona's 60 attorneys willeventually move from 111 E. Wacker Dr. to the approximately 220,000sf Seyfarth Shaw already occupies at 55 E. Monroe St. The mergercreates a 600-member firm, which includes 270 in its Chicagooffice.

Besides being the largest law firm merger in recent years, thenew firm also will be a real estate powerhouse. D'Ancona &Pflaum is bringing 15 attorneys who specialize in real estate,Jeffrey Jahns of Seyfarth Shaw tells GlobeSt.com, joining the 15among the Seyfarth Shaw ranks.

Seyfarth Shaw, which has a noted labor and employment lawpractice, also has offices in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C.,Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.

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