Graham & James

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Graham & James LLP is a now-defunct law firm founded in San Francisco in 1934.[1]

Graham & James attempted to merge with the New York firm of Reid & Priest in 1991,[2] and also had a partnership with the Seattle law firm of Riddell Williams from 1995 to 1999.[3]

The firm was active in Asia, having opened a Tokyo office as early as 1955. It formed a strategic alliance with the Deacons law firm in Hong Kong and the Price Sanond law firm in Bangkok, operating in Asia under the collective name "Deacons Graham & James."[4] With the bulk of its practice focused on the Pacific Rim, Graham & James was severely affected by the Asian economic crisis of the 1990s. By then, it was primarily an intellectual property and technology firm, with California and Asian offices.[5] As of June 1999 it had around 340 attorneys.[1] The alliance with Deacons dissolved in June 2000, with Deacons backing out due to G&J's failure to commit resources to Asia and dwindling position in US law firm rankings.[6]

In June 2000, it effected two transactions. Reflecting internal divisions among its partners and affiliates, most partners in the California, Tokyo and Beijing offices of the firm merged with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey,[7] while the New York office, largely devoted to pharmaceutical patent prosecution, merged with Greenberg Traurig.[5]


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  5. ^ a b Cosmides, John (30 May 2001). "Law Firm Mergers: Managing & Dealing With Organizational Change". The Barustors Report. San Francisco, CA: The Cosmides Group. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
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  7. ^ Williams, Rochelle (30 June 2000). "Squire Sanders Announces Plans To Purchase Graham & James". Bond Buyer (Business Source Complete: EBSCOhost) 332 (30924): 3. ISSN 0732-0469. 3308660. Retrieved 5 March 2013. ; see also