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The New York office of San Francisco-based Graham & James will join Greenberg Traurig next week in a pact that ensures a new home for all Graham attorneys as the firm closes next week. Lawrence Blume, chairman of Graham, said Monday the deal with Greenberg Traurig is all but complete and will take effect July 17. He and about 50 other attorneys will join Greenberg, a Miami firm that has grown rapidly in recent years to more than 600 attorneys firmwide, with about 100 in New York. Graham’s New York office was the only one not included in a recent merger between the Cleveland-based Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Graham’s offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Beijing and Tokyo, effective July 16. All told, the 550-attorney Squire will pick up 126 Graham attorneys. During negotiations with Squire Sanders, Blume said, it became clear the firm wasn’t the best match for Graham’s New York enclave. “Squire Sanders is a marvelous firm; it just didn’t fit right, or feel right, to New York partners,” said Blume. “I feel so good. This has been a harrowing process. To satisfy the particular interests of all attorneys, that’s a pretty amazing feat. I am absolutely exhausted.” Graham’s New York office has a strong intellectual property practice, led by prominent IP attorney Albert Jacobs Jr., as well as a solid corporate practice and a smaller litigation group. Greenberg Traurig likewise has a strong emphasis on IP, making it an appropriate partner, said Blume. The deal between Greenberg and Graham & James must be approved by a partnership vote of Graham’s New York partners Thursday, Blume said, adding that the vote is considered a formality. Richard Rosenbaum, managing partner of Greenberg’s New York operation, could not be reached for comment Monday. At the same time it is acquiring the Graham & James attorneys, Greenberg also is expected to pick up most of the attorneys — about 40 — from the New York-based Camhy Karlinsky & Stein, said Blume. The two deals will give Greenberg nearly 200 attorneys in New York, essentially doubling its current presence. Greenberg, founded in 1967 by three attorneys, has 18 offices in the United States — including a recently opened site in Los Angeles — and an office in Brazil.

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