Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs LLP are merging to create a law firm that will be among the 25 biggest in the world. The firm, to be called Squire Patton Boggs, will have about 1,600 lawyers in 21 countries.

The announcement of the merger comes two weeks after Patton Boggs agreed to pay $15 million to settle Chevron Corp.’s lawsuit over the firm’s involvement in obtaining a $9.5 billion judgment against the oil company in Ecuador for pollution in the Amazon rain forest. A federal judge in New York ruled on March 4 that an attorney from another firm used bribery and fraud in procuring the judgment in Ecuador.

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