Ice Miller LLP and Schottenstein Zox and Dunn (SZD) Mark Milestone Ice Miller LLP and Schottenstein Zox and Dunn (SZD) Mark Milestone

Ice Miller LLP and Schottenstein Zox and Dunn (SZD) Mark Milestone

Two Firms Complete Combination

INDIANAPOLIS – Ice Miller LLP announced today it has finalized its combination with Schottenstein Zox and Dunn Co., LPA (SZD). The combined Firm, operating as Ice Miller LLP, ranks among the top 150 largest law firms in the United States with approximately 314 lawyers and offices in Indianapolis, Columbus, Chicago, Cleveland, DuPage County, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

"The combination will allow us to provide clients with deeper levels of service, knowledge and experience," stated Phil Bayt, chief managing partner, Ice Miller. "As one combined firm, we'll expand our geographical reach and increase our depth in many areas to better serve our clients."

The two firms announced the combination on August 19, 2011. The agreement was finalized when partners at Ice Miller and SZD unanimously approved the combination last fall. Each firm has a successful track record. SZD is known for handling complex business transactions and high-stakes commercial litigation and serves the legal needs of many governmental entities throughout Ohio.

Ice Miller is recognized for municipal finance, employee benefits, private equity and other business transactions, as well as complex litigation, real estate and public affairs. Each firm offers a full range of legal services, including labor and employment, creditors' rights and intellectual property. Both firms have strong community ties with a culture of building relationships that are locally based. These relationships have been built one at a time by serving as trusted legal advisors for decades.

"We are excited to start the new year by building on the strengths of our individual attorneys to provide a united team of advisors to meet the growing demands of our clients," said Jim Davidson, deputy managing partner, Ice Miller.

Many of the combined firms' lawyers have been recognized in national and international publications which rank legal professionals, including Chambers USA and U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms in America. The firms have each been recognized in their markets as a best place to work by local publications.

"We now have decades of history to build on as we look forward to working with our new colleagues to provide cost-effective legal counsel to business and nonprofit communities, from large corporations to small, entrepreneurial and family-owned companies and organizations throughout the Midwest," concluded Bayt.

About Ice Miller LLP
Established in Indianapolis in 1910, Ice Miller represents a full portfolio of private and public companies, government entities and individuals and serves as legal counsel to many of the Midwest's leading businesses, to state and local governments and to companies throughout the country and the world. Ice Miller's clients include Angie's List, Allison Transmission Inc., Indiana University, Citizens Energy Group, Cook Group Incorporated, Indiana Finance Authority, Vera Bradley, ExactTarget, Fifth Third Bancorp, Lucas Oil, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp., Big Lots, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies, Limited Brands and Honey Baked Ham. Ice Miller is committed to helping its clients achieve their legal and business goals. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, DuPage County, Ill., and Indianapolis. Ice Miller Strategies, an affiliate in Washington, D.C., provides high-level strategic services and government affairs counsel to global corporations, industry associations and non-profit organizations. For additional information, visit and

This press release is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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