August 24, 2007

Baker & Daniels Creating Regional Office in South Bend

Baker & Daniels LLP has announced that, as part of its long-term growth strategy, it is consolidating its North Central Indiana practices into its South Bend office. The strategic initiative is a continuation of the firm's previously announced expansion of that office.

"By consolidating our practices into a regional model we will be better able to serve the needs of our clients, operate more efficiently and more quickly capitalize on business opportunities in what is becoming an increasingly regional marketplace," said Brian Burke, CEO and chairman of Baker & Daniels.

"Our previously announced investment in the expansion of our South Bend office makes it the ideal location to house our practices serving North Central Indiana," Burke continued. "Our goal is to deliver the very best client service possible and this strategic consolidation, which we expect to be completed in September, is an important step toward achieving that goal."

In April 2007, Baker & Daniels announced that it had signed a long-term lease for the top four floors of the KeyBank Building in downtown South Bend. The building is currently undergoing major renovation. The firm also has options for additional space in the building to accommodate future growth needs. 

Richard L. Hill, managing partner of Baker & Daniels' South Bend office, said, "South Bend has become increasingly recognized as the center of commerce for North Central Indiana. Our long-term presence here coupled with our recent investments in people, technology and infrastructure ideally position us to provide top quality, client-focused service on a region-wide basis."

As part of the consolidation, the firm's operations currently being performed in its Elkhart office will be transferred to the South Bend office as will the majority of professional staff.  The firm expects the transfer to be complete by the end of September.

Founded in 1863, Baker & Daniels LLP is one of Indiana's largest law firms.  With more than 370 lawyers and consulting professionals, Baker & Daniels serves clients in regional, national and international business and litigation matters from offices in Indiana, Washington, D.C. and China.  For more information about Baker & Daniels, visit www.bakerdaniels.com.

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