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VOL. 126 | NO. 244 | Thursday, December 15, 2011

Farris Bobango Targets Expansion

By Andy Meek

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The law firm of Farris Bobango PLC has a proverbial “help wanted” sign outside its office doors in Memphis and Nashville.

Firm partner John Bobango said the firm, which was founded in the 1950s, is looking to expand its offices in both cities in specific practice areas.

A recent notice in the local industry publication “Memphis Lawyer” said the firm wants to find candidates for positions requiring from five years’ to more than 12 years’ experience in litigation, commercial transactions or administrative law.

A combination of business litigation and complex litigation experience – or only one of those two – also would be viewed as a plus by the firm.

The firm has 39 lawyers. That includes nine in Nashville and 30 in Memphis.

“We recently hired one additional lawyer in Nashville, but we’re looking to hire two or three more,” Bobango said. “The practice areas have been in the business transactional area. We’ll look at additional opportunities that exist in Nashville, and at the same time we have discussed and talked with attorneys in Memphis, as well.

“We’re always looking to expand and grow our practice, and we have some needs to hire some additional lawyers in our Memphis office. We’re very bullish on the city and the opportunities for the future.”

The additions would complement the bench strength of a law firm with deep ties to the political and business fabric of the region and the state.

Farris Bobango services local, regional and nationwide clients from its two Tennessee offices. In Memphis, the firm’s largest practice areas include state and federal litigation, interaction with local government, zoning, bankruptcy, environmental law, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and several other areas.

The focus of the firm’s Nashville presence near Legislative Plaza is on lobbying, government relations work, administrative law and litigation services.

In addition, the firm’s partners are deeply involved in the community.

Boards on which John Farris has served include the Tennessee Board of Regents, University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation Board of Trustees and the Riverfront Development Corp.

Bobango has served on the Memphis City Council, in addition to other community involvement such as being a frequent lecturer on securities, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital-related issues.

In September, Farris Bobango was a presenting sponsor of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s “Hobnob 2011: Politics in the Park.”

In October, the law firm hosted a food drive to support the Mid-South Food Bank. The firm donated 500 pounds of food and raised $1,500, which will supply $6,000 worth of food to the food bank. Earlier this year, the firm made a gift of $100,000 to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. That money will be used to recognize an outstanding faculty member each year and to name a study room in the school’s student center.

“We think the Memphis legal community and opportunities in the community will continue to grow over the next five to 10 years, and we want to be one of those law firms that are actively involved,” Bobango said.

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