Boutique IP Firm, Pruetz Law Group, Merges with LA's Glaser Weil

Last October, when we interviewed intellectual property litigator Adrian Pruetz for the upcoming issue of Southern California Super Lawyers magazine (out in February), she was running her own boutique firm, with daughter Erica, four associates, and two paralegals, in El Segundo, Cal.

A month later, the Pruetz Law Group had merged with Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro in Los Angeles.

"We'd been thinking for some time about what the next strategic move would be," Pruetz told us in a recent follow-up interview, "and how big we were going to have to get to continue to do what we wanted to do, comfortably, without working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And we got to a point where we said, 'We have to triple in size in order to take on the work that's offered to us.'"

Pruetz had merger offers before but nothing quite fit. Then early in 2011, her firm partnered with Glaser Weil on several cases. "We found we really liked them all," Pruetz says. "We had great respect for the firm. We always knew that the litigators were great-especially Patty [Glaser], who is a legendary litigator."

Meanwhile, Pruetz says, "They had interest in expanding into the kind of practice we have [primarily patent and trademark litigation], but they didn't have people with this particular niche expertise."

Both Adrian and Erica Pruetz are coming in as partners of the firm.