in 2002. Nothing new about this. The super-regional firms (a half step off the truly national firms like Sherman & Sterling, Skadden, etc.) have been tearing each other apart since the dotcom bust. They all heard the same presentation from McKinsey about going big or going home. Several went on a buying binges (Norton Rose, DLA Piper, Reed Smith), the rest started to cut themselves to pieces (Vinson & Elkins). A very special few managed to do both (Fulbright).