Savannah Firms Will Merge to Create Bouhan + Falligant

Two established Savannah firms have announced they’ll merge. Bouhan, Williams & Levy, whose roots go back to 1886, is combining with Inglesby, Falligant, Horne, Courington & Chisholm, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

The combined firm, to be called Bouhan + Falligant, will be headquartered in the Armstrong House at 447 Bull Street, where Bouhan Williams is currently located. It will have 29 lawyers if all 17 Bouhan Williams and all 12 Inglesby Falligant lawyers make the move.

One Bouhan Williams lawyer, Sonny Seiler, was the lead defense counsel in the trials of local antique dealer and preservationist Jim Williams for the 1981 murder of his assistant, Danny Hansford, in Williams’ home, Mercer House. The case was made famous by the book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” published in 1994.

Bouhan Williams acquired the Armstrong House from Williams in 1970, according to the firm’s website.

Bouhan + Falligant’s managing partner will be Lea Holliday, the managing partner of Bouhan Williams.

“Inglesby Falligant will contribute what we consider to be the best group of commercial and residential real estate lawyers in the Southeast, plus an extensive bankruptcy practice,” Holliday said in a statement. “Our trial lawyers, who are well known for litigating business disputes and defending malpractice cases, will be complemented by Inglesby Falligant’s successful products liability, transportation, and family law practices.”

The merger marks the first name change in 44 years for Bouhan Williams, which handles corporate law and litigation.

Inglesby Falligant’s senior partner, Danny Falligant said Bouhan Williams has “produced some of the finest lawyers in Savannah in many years. We’ve observed their exceptional team from the other side of the table and now can look forward to being on the same side.”

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