Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps
Headquarters San Diego, CA
No. of offices 6 before merger
No. of attorneys 200+ before the merger
No. of employees 500 (estimate)
Major practice areas Full Service Law Firm[1]
Key people Kurt Kicklighter (Managing Partner)
Revenue $110 million USD (2008)
Date founded 1873
Founder Moses A. Luce, Thomas M. Hamilton and F. Tudor Scripps
Company type Limited liability partnership
Dissolved 2012 merged with McKenna Long & Aldridge

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP or Luce Forward, founded in 1873, was a law firm headquartered in San Diego, California. On March 6, 2012, it combined its practices with McKenna Long & Aldridge, with the combined firm taking the name McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.[2][3] The firm's better-known alumni included former San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy.


With $110 million in annual revenue, Luce Forward was one of the largest law firms in the U.S. in terms of revenue.[4][5]

Luce Forward had over 200 attorneys in six offices. The total number of employees was approximately 500.[4] In terms of the number of attorneys, Luce Forward was one of the largest law firms in the state of California.[6]



Luce Forward had six offices:

Former firm offices no longer in operation include:

Recognition and rankings

In 2011, 27 Luce Forward attorneys were listed in Best Lawyers in America.[6] In the 2008 edition of Chambers USA, Luce Forward received top honors for its Family Wealth and Exempt Organizations practice group.[7]


  1. Practice areas
  2. Smith, Jennifer (2012-01-18). "Merger Madness: McKenna Long and Luce Forward Join Forces". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  3. Sherwin, Doug (2012-03-06). "Luce Forward leaves its mark on local community". The Daily Transcript. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  4. 1 2 "Hoovers profile". Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  5. "The AmLaw 200 2011". American Lawyer. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  6. 1 2 "Listed Lawyers in Best Lawyers". Best Law Firms. U.S. News & World Report. 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  7. "Chambers USA Ranking". 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
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