Kaplan, Atlanta

Shop Closed Sign On Wooden BackgroundIf you, like me, have been obsessing over profits-per-partner figures since the 1990s (sad, I know), the name of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi should ring a bell. In the Am Law 100 rankings for 2000, based on 1999 revenue and profit figures, the Minneapolis-based firm boasted profits per partner of over $3 million — beating Cravath and all the other New York shops that year, except for Wachtell Lipton. RKMC earned a nine-figure fee for its work on a giant tobacco-industry settlement.

Since then, the firm has chugged along nicely. It remains in the NLJ 350, the nation’s 350 largest law firms based on size, and in the Am Law 200, the nation’s 200 top firms ranked by revenue.

Earlier this week, we received reports of Robins Kaplan planning to close its Atlanta office, which currently has around a dozen lawyers. One source told us that employees were notified well in advance of the actual closing so they would have time to look for new positions. We reached out to Robins Kaplan, which confirmed the news in this statement:

Yes, we will be closing our Atlanta office, and our decision is based on the firm’s focus on opportunities in other areas. As a firm, Robins Kaplan has performed exceptionally well, especially over the past several years. As our clients’ needs have changed, so do we to better serve them. The opening of our three new offices — in Silicon Valley, and North & South Dakota — in the past two months supports our firm’s strength and shift in focus. We are working on a transition plan to assist our attorneys and staff, which may include relocation to different offices.

Change is inevitable — and there has been a lot of change at Robins Kaplan this year. On February 1, name partner Michael Ciresi left RKMC to form his own firm, Ciresi Conlin LLP. With the departure of “C, ” the firm of “RKMC” became simply “RK, ” officially changing its name to “Robins Kaplan LLP.” (Sorry about that, Mr. Miller — but as a 1964 law school graduate, you’re probably close to retirement anyway.)

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