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While the rest of her partners went to Duane Morris to shut down the Miami office of Epstein Becker & Green, Robin Symons and four associates joined Gordon & Rees. Symons, who specializes in labor and employment law, insurance and bad faith disputes, moved with Jose Leon, Jacqueline De Leon, Vanessa Septien and Elissa Silverman. But Gordon & Rees won’t have to set aside much office space for the group since three of the associates work from home and one works remotely from Orlando. Symons was talking with Duane Morris along with other firms but ultimately settled on the San Francisco-based firm of Gordon & Rees after they began a “viral campaign” to lure her. “Not only does the firm have a national platform that is compatible with my business, but it has strong relationships with many of my clients,” she said. “They moved with lightning speed to hire me.” Symons brings along her national employment hotline, Workplace Helpline, which has 22,000 subscribers. The service is geared to small businesses that can’t afford permanent outside counsel but pay a fee for legal advice through the hotline. Symons began the hot line seven years ago and now has two associates dedicated to the business full-time as well as an undisclosed number of employees. Symons worked at Epstein Becker for five years and Ford & Harrison for three years. In late December, Epstein Becker announced it was closing its Miami office following the departure of managing partner Michael Casey and five attorneys. Gordon & Rees has more than 400 attorneys in 17 offices in 11 states. The Miami office opened in December 2009. It had seven lawyers before the move and now has five partners, one senior counsel and six associates.

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