September 2, 2022
JAFFE RAITT HEUER & WEISS COMBINES WITH TAFT, EXPANDING MIDWEST REACH AND CAPABILITIES
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., September 6, 2022 — Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., a leading Michigan full-service law firm, announced today it is merging with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm with offices across the Midwest and the District of Columbia, effective December 31, 2022.
“Jaffe is starting a new, modern chapter by joining Taft,” said Jaffe CEO Mark Cooper. “Taft shares our entrepreneurial mindset, Midwestern values, and commitment to culture, community, and client service. Our ability to leverage Taft’s resources and expertise will provide an opportunity to drive even greater value and results to our clients.”
Taft operates an innovative “non-headquarter” model in seven primary Midwest markets and the District of Columbia, allowing offices to thrive under empowered local leadership. Local offices are supported by a deep bench of legal expertise across a diverse array of practice areas. After joining Taft, the current Jaffe leadership team will continue to lead and make Detroit market decisions, and many will step into firm-wide leadership roles, serving on Taft’s executive committee, all other major committees of the firm, and chairing practice groups.
The combined full-service firm, with more than 800 attorneys, will offer a broad spectrum of legal services to a wide range of industries, representing all significant practice areas.
“At Taft, our pervasive ‘client-first’ approach is central to who we are and how we operate,” said Robert J. Hicks, Taft’s chairman and managing partner. “By combining with Jaffe, we welcome a cohesive, talented, and experienced group of attorneys and staff to our team offering expanded expertise to clients. As in all of our mergers, we also look forward to continuing to support the Detroit regional community, united in our commitment to engage with our communities — a shared value among our firms.”
Founded in 1968, Jaffe is one of the most respected full-service business law firms in Michigan — representing public and private clients throughout the Midwest and United States, and internationally, with a Midwestern rate structure. With offices in Southfield and Detroit, Jaffe is currently the seventh-largest law firm in the Metro Detroit area with more than 120 attorneys representing more than 25 practice areas.
“Jaffe was founded more than 50 years ago and has created a firm centered on client service and exceptional legal counsel. By joining Taft, a firm that shares our values and client-first approach, we ensure the legacy of the firm will continue for generations to come, in alignment with our foundational principles,” said Arthur Weiss, Chairman of Jaffe.
Jaffe has been named a Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work in Michigan for the last three years. In addition to these recognitions, dozens of Jaffe attorneys have been honored for their expertise and leadership by various local and legal publications and rating services including Best Lawyers, Chambers, Crain’s Detroit Business, DBusiness, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, SuperLawyers® and more.
This combination not only expands Jaffe’s capabilities, but it also expands Taft’s presence as it enters its eighth Midwest market — the second-largest in the Midwest. With the Jaffe combination, Taft will have major offices in seven of the nine largest Midwest metropolitan markets. In addition to several strategic lateral hires and robust internal growth, Taft has completed five mergers/combinations in the past 15 years — Briggs & Morgan (Minneapolis) in 2020, Shefsky & Froelich (Chicago) in 2014, Chester Willcox & Saxbe (Columbus) in 2012, and Kahn Kleinman (Cleveland) and Sommer Barnard (Indianapolis), both in 2008.
The addition of Jaffe comes at a time of strategic growth for Taft — having recently been named an Am Law 100 firm. In addition, Taft has grown its attorney headcount by more than 85% in the past five years and continues to be recognized as an employer of choice across the Midwest.
Such growth has enabled Taft to invest significantly in modern initiatives, including its focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Today, more than 70% of Taft’s executive leadership team are women and/or racially and ethnically diverse attorneys. The firm’s efforts to establish itself as a modern, progressive law firm has also earned them the prestigious Mansfield Rule Certification 4.0 Plus status.
About Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss
Michigan-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. is a full-service law firm representing and advising entrepreneurs and businesses nationwide. Focused on results, invested in relationships, and driven by opportunity, Jaffe has more than 120 attorneys in its Southfield and Detroit offices. Learn more at Jaffelaw.com.
Founded in 1885, Taft is focused on being the modern law firm. From its non-headquarter model to a one-class partnership structure, the firm is committed to its core values of integrity, inclusivity, and teamwork in order to help clients succeed by delivering progressive, agile, and efficient solutions. Learn more at Taftlaw.com.