DLA Piper, one of the biggest law firms in the world, has joined forces with California-based boutique law firm Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs LLP to create a legal powerhouse in Sacramento.

Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs LLP, which was founded in 1997, is one of the top tier firm for white collar criminal defense. The firm will shut down and all its 10 lawyers will head to DLA Piper's Sacramento office on Monday.

Ironically, Matthew Jacobs, who is the name partner of Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs LLP, headed DLA Piper's litigation practice group in its Sacramento office before he was lured away to join the boutique firm in 2008.

Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs has long been recognized as the go-to resource in Northern California for complex internal and regulatory investigation issues and white-collar matters, said Gilles S. Attia, managing partner of DLA Piper's Sacramento office. We are pleased to welcome attorneys of this caliber.

Charles Stevens, the other name partner of the boutique firm, said the deal was neither a merger nor a buyout. He said it was just a case of lawyers of one firm transferring to another (whatever that means!)

This is a highly talented and experienced group of litigators that has developed a premier white collar and special matters litigation practice, said David Gross, chairman of DLA Piper's US Litigation practice group. DLA Piper's platform, combined with our strong national and international litigation practice, provides a unique opportunity for the group to expand its practice nationally and abroad.

Gilles S. Attia, the managing partner of DLA Piper's Sacramento office, said Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs has long been recognized as the go-to resource in Northern California for complex internal and regulatory investigation issues and white-collar matters.

We are pleased to welcome attorneys of this caliber, he said.

The addition of Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs LLP lawyers will boost DLA Piper's team strength to 24 in Sacramento.