S.C., N.C. law firms announce merger

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, the Midlands' fifth-largest law firm, has merged with the Charlotte firm of Kellam & Pettit.

The combined firm will operate as Rogers Townsend & Thomas. The merger is part of a long-term growth strategy, the firms said in a statement.

Rogers Townsend & Thomas has 49 attorneys and 215 employees, while Kellam & Pettit has eight attorneys and 100 employees.

Kellam & Pettit represents national mortgage lenders, financial institutions and state and federal agencies in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, creditors' rights, collections and real estate issues.

Rogers Townsend & Thomas represents corporate and institutional clients, focusing on mortgage and banking, insurance, real estate, construction, title services and wealth and estate planning.

"Kellam & Pettit is a perfect fit for us because of our complementary practice areas," said Sam Waters, chairman of Rogers Townsend & Thomas, "and the merger fulfills our goal of providing additional resources and professional services for our clients on a more regional basis."

- Andrew Shain