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Parker Poe traces its roots to 1884, when it was founded by Heriot Clarkson, who went on to serve as a North Carolina Supreme Court justice. In the early 1950s, World War II veterans Francis Parker and Bill Poe became partners. Their names and commitment to public service have been part of the fabric of the firm ever since.
By 1990, the firm (then known as Parker, Poe, Thompson, Bernstein, Gage & Preston) had grown to more than 65 lawyers and had one of North Carolina's most sophisticated general corporate and business practices, as well as strong practices in the areas of litigation, the environment, tax law, real estate, and lending.
In 1990, the firm merged with the 30-lawyer Raleigh firm of Adams, McCullough & Beard, which was founded in 1965 by Governor Terry Sanford and several other attorneys and was recognized for its litigation, legislative, and public finance practices.
In 1992, Parker Poe established an office in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to serve existing business clients and take advantage of the fast-growing Upstate South Carolina business region. In 1996, the firm also opened an office in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, where it now conducts a general business and governmental relations practice. Parker Poe opened its third South Carolina office, in historic Charleston, in January 2004.
In 2005, the firm created Parker Poe Consulting LLC through the acquisition of Governmental Consultants, a governmental relations firm in Columbia, South Carolina, as part of a continuing effort to create a network of superior governmental relations services in the Carolinas.
In 2016, the firm opened its first office in Georgia and its fourth in South Carolina. The new Atlanta office showed the firm's continuing growth and positioned Parker Poe to better serve global companies in one of America's top business cities. In addition, the new Greenville office reinforced the firm's commitment to the Upstate region.
In 2017, Parker Poe Consulting also expanded into Georgia, opening an Atlanta office to strengthen its position as a leading government relations resource in the Southeast.
In 2019, Parker Poe opened a full-service office in Washington, D.C., in partnership with Leftwich LLC, a long-standing minority/woman-led firm in the nation’s capital. The firm also expanded its consulting services by establishing PPC-Leftwich in the D.C. office.
Today, Parker Poe has more than 225 attorneys in eight offices and serves clients across the U.S. and around the world.