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Fox Rothschild of Philadelphia will merge with Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, a 60-lawyer management-side labor firm in Roseland, N.J., effective Oct. 1. Merger plans were concluded last week and a formal announcement is expected by tomorrow. The move not only brings Fox Rothschild a labor practice with a roster of corporate clients ripe for cross-selling but also provides established offices in cities where the 300-lawyer firm wishes to expand. Grotta Glassman has offices in New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. “This is as perfect a fit as we could have imagined,” says Fox Rothschild co-chair Phillip Griffin, a tax partner in the firm’s Princeton office. “It’s a very significant development,” adds Abraham Reich, Fox Rothschild’s co-chair in Philadelphia. Griffin says the two firms were introduced by legal recruiter Gayle Moran of Lawson Legal Recruiters in Short Hills in June and met weekly during the next 90 days to forge the merger agreement. Griffin says Fox was looking for a firm north of Princeton and south of New York City. Grotta Glassman will likewise benefit from new locations. Fox Rothschild has, besides Philadelphia and Princeton offices, branches in Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Wilmington, Del., and West Palm Beach. “We have offices they don’t have and they have offices we don’t have,” says Grotta’s Harold Hoffman. The Atlantic City location was especially appealing to Grotta Glassman lawyers who represent most of the casinos there in labor matters. “We do a ton of work in Atlantic City, but we never established an office. We’ve always hoofed it back and forth,” Hoffman says. “From our point of view, it’s a perfect fit,” Hoffman says. “We’re going to continue to do what we’ve always done.” Founded in 1966, Grotta Glassman has a national management side labor and employment practice, both in compliance and in litigation. Clients include Avis, Aztar, Bally, The Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, Cendant, Harrah’s and Hartz Mountain. Hoffman says it’s to early to say which Grotta Glassman attorneys will stay in the firm’s current offices and which will move to Fox locations, but he expects eventually lawyers who do a lot of casino work will move to the Atlantic City office. “The question of who moves where will be resolved over time but I expect lawyers to move to more convenient locations depending on the need,” says Hoffman. Hoffman expects at the outset that the New Jersey offices will operate as Fox Rothschild Grotta Glassman & Hoffman, though the name will eventually be shortened to Fox Rothschild. The merger makes Grotta Glassman part of an Am Law 200 firm. Last June, The American Lawyer ranked Fox Rothschild as the nation’s 160th top-grossing law firm, with revenues of $128.5 million and revenue per lawyer of $495,000 for fiscal year 2005. With about 360 lawyers after the merger, combined revenues could surpass $175 million. Fox Rothschild’s ranking among New Jersey firms will also go up. In April, the firm’s New Jersey offices ranked 16th in the Law Journal’s Top 20, based on 2005 gross revenues. Fox has done well in the past by merging with smaller Garden State firms. The Princeton office, in fact, is a product of its 1993 merger with Katzenbach Gildea & Fudner, where Griffin had worked. In 1998, Fox merged with Horn Goldberg in Atlantic City to open its office. “We’ve been very successful merging with prior firms,” says Griffin.

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