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BOSTON �� Three of the four partners at Boston-based minority-owned law firm Fitzhugh, Parker & Alvaro have joined Adorno & Yoss to launch Adorno’s Boston office. The addition brings the Miami-based Adorno’s headcount to 266 in 16 locations, including joint ventures with firms in Chile and Mexico. Attorneys at the two firms got to know each other a couple of years ago while helping to organize the National Minority Law Group, said former Fitzhugh Parker name partner Fred Alvaro. Because Fitzhugh Parker attorneys were initially reluctant to merge, the two firms inked a formal partnership and operated as Adorno, Yoss, Fitzhugh, Parker & Alvaro in Boston. As the firms increasingly began to refer work to each other, merging began to seem like a “no brainer,” Alvaro said. The firm currently has eight Boston lawyers and expects to have 10 within 30 days. Alvaro will co-chair Adorno’s corporate practice group, and William L. Parker, another Boston lawyer, will co-chair Adorno’s environmental law practice group. Geographical expansion is important to Adorno because it competes with the nation’s top 250 law firms, not other minority-owned firms, said the firm’s Miami-based managing partner George T. Yoss. “The fact that we’re minority-owned, good lawyers and service driven is not enough,” Yoss said. “We have to be where our clients have matters.” Francisco J. Gonzalez, chairman of the firm’s national client services and international services groups, said the firm’s clients are looking for help in a variety of regions where Adorno doesn’t have an office, including the Southwest, the Rockies, the Pacific Northwest and some Midwestern states. Yoss said the firm is talking with a small minority-owned law firm in the Northwest that’s seeking to join a larger firm so it can win business from larger companies. “It’s all about business,” Yoss said. “The only way we can do it is to grow efficiently and we want to grow [and remain] diverse.”

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