Monday, March 30, 2015

Cozen O'Connor talking merger; two out at Duane Morris

Jeff Blumenthal of Philadelphia Business Journal reports:

"Cozen O'Connor is in merger talks with Chicago-based Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.
"Meckler Bulger is a commercial litigation firm with more than 70 lawyers and additional offices in San Francisco and Phoenix, the latter where 575-lawyer Cozen does not have a location. The firm was founded in 1994 by a small group of lawyers from large firms. Its website describes it as one of the 35 largest law firms in Illinois and lists litigation practice areas such as white-collar criminal defense, insurance, labor and employment, commercial litigation and legal fee disputes.
Michael Heller

"Cozen O’Connor President and CEO Michael Heller declined comment when reached Sunday. Meckler Bulger would be a major addition in a key legal market for Cozen, which firm opened a Chicago office in 2000. The site now has 15 lawyers largely focused on domestic and international insurance and reinsurance practices such as product liability and tort defense, first and third-party coverage and subrogation and recovery. So Meckler Bulger would bring a more diverse commercial litigation practice."
Blumenthal also reports today on two resignations at Duane Morris:
The head of the corporate department at Philadelphia-based Duane Morris has resigned from the firm along with another partner just weeks after they were named in a malpractice lawsuit from a high heel shoe insert inventor.
The Baltimore Business Journal first reported Friday that Baltimore-based George Nemphos Jay Cohen resigned from the high-profile international law firm effective Thursday. Nemphos had been managing partner of Duane Morris’ Baltimore office and chair of the entire firm’s global corporate practice group — its second-largest practice group. Cohen was a partner based in Baltimore.
George Nemphos
The two attorneys helped launch Duane Morris’ Baltimore office at the end of 2006, leaving DLA Piper along with two others. Nemphos became chair of the firm’s corporate practice in 2010.
When reached by the Philadelphia Business Journal on Friday, Duane Morris spokesman Joshua Peck would only say Nemphos and Cohen were no longer with the firm and that Chicago-based Brian P. Kerwin was the new head of its corporate practice and Robert Hopkins would become the new managing partner of its Baltimore office.

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