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01/11/07

Littler Mendelson fortifies Midwest presence


Employment and labor law pundit Littler Mendelson, P.C., is devising a merger with Cleveland-based Duvin, Cahn & Hutton, another independent firm which solely concentrates on labor and employment law. The firms are combining forces to cater to their Ohio-based business clients’ growing legal needs. Both the firms’ attorneys, advise national clients on a wide array of industries.

Littler’s workforce grows to more than 590 lawyers in 39 offices across the country with the addition of Duvin's 47 attorneys. Littler's latest merger allows the firm to maintain its frontrunner position in the country as a firm completely devoted to representing management in employment, employee benefits, and labor law matters. With 47 attorneys, Duvin, Cahn & Hutton, is recognized for its expertise in labor and employment laws, while Littler’s 550 attorneys across the country are devoted exclusively to representing management in employment, employee benefits and labor law matters for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to small-business owners.

Marko Mrkonich, president of Littler Mendelson, stated that both firms have great hopes to better serve their respective clients from the new association. Littler commands a heavy Midwest presence and the addition of Cleveland will enable it to better serve existing clients there. Duvin's current Cleveland office will be home to the new staff and lawyers as well as the Littler attorneys.

K&L’s Berlin march
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP opened its first Continental European office in Berlin. The new office will house 11 partners and a cache of associates. The firm will place its new partners, former Taylor Wessing employees, in the Berlin office. Taylor Wessing is an international firm of British and German origins. The move follows close on the heels of the firm’s merger in December last year.

K&L Gates’ attorneys in Germany will offer their expertise in several disciplines and industries, including corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity, real estate, media, technology, entertainment, and labor. The team will include corporate and M&A partners Rüdiger von Hülst, Eberhardt Kühne, Thomas Lappe, and Stefan Kimmel; media and entertainment partner Martin von Albrecht; real estate partners Georg Foerstner, Felix Greuner, Christoph Wagner, Christoph Mank, and Christian Hullman; and labor partner Manfred Hack.

The emerging legal needs of the firm’s British and other European clients augmented the firm’s need to expand in the European shores. The parent firm, K&L Gates comprises nearly 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices located all over the globe representing clients in capital markets, entrepreneurs, growth and middle market companies, FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations apart from public sector entities.

Duvin, Cahn & Hutton, P.C.

    


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