ORLANDO-Gray, Harris & Robinson, a 30-year-old, 110-lawyer Downtown firm, has completed its third merger in the last 60 days with the acquisition of 13-lawyer Hovis, Boyette & Crawford in Clermont, FL, about 25 miles west of Orlando’s central business district. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gray Harris is growing its professional staff to compete with even-larger regional and national law firms setting up shop in metro Orlando, Byrd F. Marshall, the firm’s president, tells GlobeSt.com. “It’s our Interstate 4 strategy.”

Interstate 4 runs from Daytona Beach, FL on the state’s southeast coast to Tampa, FL on the southwest edge, a 200-mile run.

The newest merger follows an alliance a month ago with 17-lawyer Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans of Tampa. A week later, Gray Harris brought in the entire seven-lawyer, Tallahassee, FL staff of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, an Orlando competitor. All of the firms involved in the mergers practice real estate law.

Besides its commercial practice, Gray Harris provides legal services to lenders, emerging businesses, local governments and private investors, locally and abroad.

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