Lawyers and staff from Seattle employment law firm Michael & Alexander have closed their firm and joined national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips.

“We wanted the national platform, which brings us more advanced technology, larger reach, and better resources,” Suzanne Michael told Bloomberg Law Feb. 12.

The six attorneys from Michael & Alexander join the seven in the Seattle office of Fisher Phillips, which has more than 350 lawyers in 32 offices nationwide. Both firms represent employers in workplace legal matters, and Fisher Phillips has an active business immigration practice.

This follows a spate of mergers in the legal industry during the past year. Among firms with employment law practices, Ogletree Deakins absorbed lawyers from Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia, von Briesen & Roper absorbed the Simandl Law Group in Wisconsin, and the Los Angeles firms Wolfsdorf Rosenthal and David Fullmer merged.

“This allows us the opportunity to expand the work we do for our clients to include immigration and benefits,” Stephanie Alexander told Bloomberg Law Feb. 12.

“We have highly complementary practices,” Davis Bae, managing partner of Fisher Phillips’ Seattle office, told Bloomberg Law Feb. 12.

Michael and Alexander join Fisher Phillips as partners. Matt Macario joins as counsel; and Kathleen Kline, Claire Marshall, and Thomas Vogliano join as associates.