Ribbon cutting for business in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - They've already hired 100 people and they say within the year they'll hire 150 more. "This is very promising for us," explains Tracee Whitley, the Chief Operation Officer for Bingham McCutchen Law Office.

Top officials such as Governor Beshear, Mayor Jim Gray, and Attorney General Jack Conway were on hand as the global law firm, officially opened their global services center.

The company, which plans to hire a total of 250 people by the beginning of 2014, says there were many reasons as to why they chose Lexington as their destination point back in September. "The University of Kentucky and its strong academic program played a huge role in that decision," explains Whitley, " we see a bright future here. We hope to expand locally within in the coming years and add more jobs and opportunities for those that live here. Lexington was named after Lexington, Massachusetts," explains Whitley, "ronically and sadly Monday was Patriots day and they were reenacting the battle of Lexington that day. Many of our first calls were from some of our colleagues here in Lexington -- so it meant a lot to us."

Bingham chose the city of Lexington over 350 other cities.

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