Just after Labor Day, the firm announced plans to merge with Minneapolis-based Lindquist Vennum, but the combination won’t be official until Jan. 1. Lindquist Vennum serves mainly midmarket clients, and Ballard Spahr chairman Mark Stewart said its mergers and acquisitions and private equity practices were especially attractive.

Less than two weeks later, Ballard Spahr announced a merger with media law boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a 25-lawyer firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Denver.

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