Bullivant Houser Bailey has quietly closed its Sacramento office after nearly two decades. It appears that many of its attorneys and staff have found a new home at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell.
M. Taylor Florence, a partner listed on Bullivant’s cached website as chairman of the firm's board of directors, said by e-mail that the office had not moved, but that new developments would be announced Thursday.
However, Florence's out-of-office auto-reply message states: "Taylor Florence is no longer with Bullivant Houser Bailey, PC, and the firm’s Sacramento office has been closed. Taylor and many of the other Sacramento attorneys and personnel from the Sacramento office have joined the law firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP."
Bullivant, a business and complex litigation firm with more than 100 attorneys, still maintains offices in its home base of Portland, plus Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Vancouver.
Sacramento was Bullivant’s first foray into California when it opened the office in 1992, according to the firm website. It most recently had 23 lawyers, including 6 partners. The firm came to Sacramento to handle commercial litigation, products liability, environmental litigation, employment counseling and litigation, real estate and construction matters for regional and national clients. In 2005, Bullivant Houser Bailey merged with Sacramento based Bartel Eng & Schroder, which added corporate, securities and tax law capabilities.
The much bigger Locke Lord -- which describes itself as a full-service firm with nearly 650 lawyers -- has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Locke Lord didn’t return a request for comment.