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Randolph Adler Jr. and Michael Chung, two former associates once caught up in a wave of mass layoffs in Big Law, are taking a six-strong team from Dentons to Fox Rothschild in New York.

The move comes more than two years after Adler and Michael Chung merged RK Adler—a boutique they formed in 2009 after being let go by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom—into Dentons. Adler and Chung, who were partners at Dentons and will now hold the same role at Fox Rothschild, are taking with them three associates and an assistant. Adler will serve as co-chair of his new firm’s emerging companies and startup group.

“Our expertise is finding companies that are ‘hockey sticking,’” said Adler (pictured right), using startup speak for those on the way up. “So we wanted a firm with a solid plan for the future.”

At Dentons, a legal giant rapidly expanding its operations in various corners of the world, Adler admitted that he and his team became a bit confused about their vision for the firm. While many lateral partners are quick to cite a “global platform” as enticing them to change jobs, Adler and Chung found themselves drawn to Fox Rothschild’s presence in so-called secondary cities throughout the U.S.

Fox Rothschild, having just re-organized some of its top leadership roles, has been on a growth spurt of its own in recent years. The firm has opened or expanded offices in places like Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and San Francisco after combining with local shops. Fox Rothschild also has an office in Pittsburgh, a city that Adler believes is on its way to joining New York as a key hub for the growing East Coast technology sector. (Adler sits on the board of All Star Code Inc., a New York-based nonprofit that prepares young men of color for technology industry jobs and which is expanding its programs to the Steel City.)

“These cities will be the next cycle of innovation, and Fox Rothschild is well-positioned to capitalize with its domestic platform,” Adler said. “The firm is national and aggressively focused on the middle-market. They’re not trying to do these multibillion-dollar, cross-border transactions.”

Catherine Michaelson, president of New York-based legal recruiting firm Michaelson Associates LLC, brokered the move of Adler and Chung’s team to Fox Rothschild. The two lawyers represent clients like social media investment fund TGZ Capital, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity startup JASK, health care data firm pulseData, mobile concierge service Porter & Sail, product review website Influenster, culinary incubator The FoodWorks and software companies CipherHealth LLC, Gastrograph and Socure.

“You have so many firms trying to serve the 0.1 percent, but most companies fall beneath that [threshold],” said Adler, explaining the new companies that he and Chung represent. “Not everyone can be Skadden.”

In making the move to Fox Rothschild, Adler and Chung said they are able to lower their hourly billing rates, something that will help them fend off competition and hold on to their growing client base as other firms like Fenwick & West, Lowenstein Sandler and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe make inroads in the New York startup scene.

“But we know the New York market, which is something that gives us an edge over other firms like Fenwick,” said Chung (pictured right).

Fox Rothschild, which last month unified two of its New Jersey offices in a new building once decimated by a drunk driver, earlier this year recruited a longtime music industry lawyer in New York to its offices on Park Avenue. As part of their move to the firm, Chung and Adler will give up their former boutique’s digs in New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, which will remain at Dentons.

Adler, noting that paying two leases in one city would not be “fiscally prudent,” said the move to midtown Manhattan will mean little to his team or their clients.

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Randolph Adler Jr. and Michael Chung, two former associates once caught up in a wave of mass layoffs in Big Law, are taking a six-strong team from Dentons to Fox Rothschild in New York .

The move comes more than two years after Adler and Michael Chung merged RK Adler—a boutique they formed in 2009 after being let go by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom —into Dentons . Adler and Chung, who were partners at Dentons and will now hold the same role at Fox Rothschild , are taking with them three associates and an assistant. Adler will serve as co-chair of his new firm’s emerging companies and startup group.

“Our expertise is finding companies that are ‘hockey sticking,’” said Adler (pictured right), using startup speak for those on the way up. “So we wanted a firm with a solid plan for the future.”

At Dentons , a legal giant rapidly expanding its operations in various corners of the world, Adler admitted that he and his team became a bit confused about their vision for the firm. While many lateral partners are quick to cite a “global platform” as enticing them to change jobs, Adler and Chung found themselves drawn to Fox Rothschild ’s presence in so-called secondary cities throughout the U.S.

Fox Rothschild , having just re-organized some of its top leadership roles, has been on a growth spurt of its own in recent years. The firm has opened or expanded offices in places like Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and San Francisco after combining with local shops. Fox Rothschild also has an office in Pittsburgh, a city that Adler believes is on its way to joining New York as a key hub for the growing East Coast technology sector. (Adler sits on the board of All Star Code Inc., a New York-based nonprofit that prepares young men of color for technology industry jobs and which is expanding its programs to the Steel City.)

“These cities will be the next cycle of innovation, and Fox Rothschild is well-positioned to capitalize with its domestic platform,” Adler said. “The firm is national and aggressively focused on the middle-market. They’re not trying to do these multibillion-dollar, cross-border transactions.”

Catherine Michaelson, president of New York-based legal recruiting firm Michaelson Associates LLC, brokered the move of Adler and Chung’s team to Fox Rothschild . The two lawyers represent clients like social media investment fund TGZ Capital, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity startup JASK, health care data firm pulseData, mobile concierge service Porter & Sail, product review website Influenster, culinary incubator The FoodWorks and software companies CipherHealth LLC, Gastrograph and Socure.

“You have so many firms trying to serve the 0.1 percent, but most companies fall beneath that [threshold],” said Adler, explaining the new companies that he and Chung represent. “Not everyone can be Skadden.”

In making the move to Fox Rothschild , Adler and Chung said they are able to lower their hourly billing rates, something that will help them fend off competition and hold on to their growing client base as other firms like Fenwick & West , Lowenstein Sandler and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe make inroads in the New York startup scene.

“But we know the New York market, which is something that gives us an edge over other firms like Fenwick,” said Chung (pictured right).

Fox Rothschild , which last month unified two of its New Jersey offices in a new building once decimated by a drunk driver, earlier this year recruited a longtime music industry lawyer in New York to its offices on Park Avenue. As part of their move to the firm, Chung and Adler will give up their former boutique’s digs in New York ’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, which will remain at Dentons .

Adler, noting that paying two leases in one city would not be “fiscally prudent,” said the move to midtown Manhattan will mean little to his team or their clients.

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