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PHILADELPHIA � There’s no way to know if Fox Rothschild’s management team believes in lucky sevens, but there’s little doubt it’s committed to mergers: It has announced seven since 2005. And like most of the others, this one is centered in the Northeast. The Philadelphia-based firm’s expansion, primarily in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, clearly “goes against the grain” of the strategies of some of its competitors, something one of the firm’s leaders readily acknowledged. The newest acquisition is the Pottstown, Pa., firm of Binder, Kalis & Proctor, a three-attorney shop focused on corporate matters, municipal law, real estate and estate planning. The merger comes less than a month after Fox Rothschild essentially merged with a small Roseland, N.J., firm, Goldman & Kramer. Howard E. Kalis III will join Fox Rothschild’s tax and estates practice as a partner. Stephen H. Kalis will join the firm’s real estate practice as a partner and Steven J. Proctor will join the real estate group as special counsel. Fox Rothschild administrative partner Mark L. Silow said Binder Kalis is the “oldest continuously existing law firm in the area.” According to Stephen Kalis, the firm was founded in 1941. “By adding their history to our own, and enhancing Fox’s practice with Binder’s emphasis in corporate/business matters, municipal law, land use/real estate development and estate planning/administration, we not only expand our talent pool, but add to our ability to provide a wider variety of services to our clients in Montgomery and Chester counties,” he said in a written statement. Adding $1 million? When asked what the merger would mean to Fox Rothschild in terms of revenue, Silow said he thought the acquisition would “contribute over $1 million” to the firm. According to a prepared statement, Kalis said merging with Fox Rothschild was the “right move” that would allow the Binder Kalis attorneys to provide their clients “with the same prompt and thorough attention,” while also offering “new additional services and support.” “Our firm has always been selective regarding the areas of law in which we practice and with regard to the clients we represent,” he said in the statement. “We have taken the same sense of selectiveness into consideration with our decision to join with Fox Rothschild.” In a phone interview, Kalis said his firm “considered some other offers,” but liked Fox Rothschild best because of a similar philosophy regarding servicing client needs and “similar cultures.” He said he also liked the firm’s presence and expertise. Merging with Fox Rothschild was the right move for his firm “in terms of potential for future growth,” Kalis said. Silow said the merger was the result “of a couple of different paths.” He said a few Fox Rothschild lawyers had worked with the firm on a prior transaction, and that a Fox Rothschild partner was a boyhood pal of one of the Binder Kalis attorneys. Since February 2005, Fox Rothschild has merged with seven firms: Geron & Associates in New York City; August Kulunas Dawson & Siegel in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Grotta Glassman & Hoffman in Roseland; Miller Mitchell in Princeton, N.J.; Young Moriwaki & Greenfader in New York City; Goldman & Kramer in Roseland; and now Binder Kalis.

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