A trend that gained momentum last year shows no signs of slowing: smallish New York law firms, including ones that represent co-ops and condos, are being absorbed into larger firms that have more diverse staffs and broader geographic reach.
Last summer, for instance, the nine-member firm Schechter & Brucker merged with the larger Montgomery McCracken to form one of the city’s largest co-op and condo firms. Also last summer, the 10-member boutique firm of Rosen Livingston & Cholst, which represents more than 200 co-ops, condos and homeowner associations in the New York area, was absorbed by the 80-member national firm of Anderson Kill, which specializes in insurance coverage disputes.
“There’s an immediate synergy,” Bruce Cholst, a partner in Rosen Livingston & Cholst, told Habitat at the time of the merger. “For instance, Anderson Kill’s strength is insurance recovery, and we very often have insurance issues with our clients. I’m looking forward to what will no doubt be a big change.”
On Monday, some six months after the merger went through, Cholst added, “The merger has played out even better than we expected because in addition to their expertise in insurance recovery, Anderson Kill enhances our capacity in litigation, trust and estates, bankruptcy, and labor law. All of which affect co-ops and condos.”
To read the full article: In Real Estate Law, the Big Fish Keep Eating the Little Fish