Dinsmore & Shohl, a leading Midwestern law firm, is expanding its national footprint through a merger with Peck Shaffer & Williams, which has one of the largest public finance practices in the country.

With the merger, Dinsmore gains significant bond counsel strength. The firm will create a finance department and restructure several practice groups. Peck Shaffer will operate as a division of Dinsmore & Shohl.

Peck Shaffer also has an active affordable housing practice that includes working with developers through the low-income housing tax credit process.

“We are very excited to leverage Peck Shaffer's substantial affordable housing experience utilizing Dinsmore's broad geographic presence,” says Sujyot Patel, a partner who joins Dinsmore. “We believe that the combination of our two firms will allow us to better serve our clients by expanding the scope of our practice into all areas of affordable housing.”

Founded in Cincinnati in 1889, Peck Shaffer is one of the oldest bond counsel firms in the nation. From 1977 to 2005, the firm expanded, opening offices in Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Covington, Ky.; and Denver. For 2013, The Bond Buyer ranked the firm 15th in the nation among underwriter’s counsel and 16th among bond counsel.

Dinsmore welcomes 23 partners, eight associates, four “of counsel” attorneys, and 27 professional staff.

Dinsmore boasts more than 500 attorneys with locations in 16 cities throughout Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.