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Weber Goldstein Greenberg & Gallagher’s management did not plan on adding lawyers to its Pittsburgh, Pa., office. But because of some unexpected opportunities, the firm has done just that. The arrival recently of David J. Rosenberg, Mitchell Zemel and Chris Deegan from another Pittsburgh firm, Lewis Sargent & Rosenberg, now just Lewis & Sargent, makes the Steel City Weber Goldstein’s second largest office with 10 lawyers. Weber’s principal office in Philadelphia has 28. According to PA Law 2000, it’s the 48th largest firm in the state. “It wasn’t planned growth, but there were some opportunities available and the firm took advantage of it,” said Paula A. Koczan, managing partner of the Pittsburgh office. “We now have a broad practice area with a great group of young, aggressive attorneys.” Weber Goldstein spoke with Lewis Sargent about merging, but Rosenberg was the only partner to accept the offer. When Koczan joined Weber a year ago, it had two lawyers in Pittsburgh, an office that handled just workers’ compensation. The firm represents the state’s medical professional liability catastrophe loss fund, the CAT Fund, and needed someone to represent those interests in Western Pennsylvania. Koczan joined the firm to handle that area as well as develop a medical malpractice group by bringing her own expertise and clients. Seven others joined the firm since her arrival, making it more diverse with experience in subrogation, fire loss, commercial real estate, corporate litigation and other areas. Koczan said the office now handles all third-party liability issues. Rosenberg, who helped found Lewis & Sargent last year, said he joined the Weber firm because it gives him a chance to build a corporate practice and represent clients on a more regional basis. “I really liked the dynamics the firm provided,” Rosenberg said. “It gives me an opportunity to grow a corporate practice and help small and new businesses develop. The firm has had an office in Pittsburgh, but they’ve really transformed it the past year. They are doing some exciting things.” Weber Goldstein also has offices in Scranton and Reading, Pa., and in Jersey City and Cherry Hill, N.J. It opened its Pittsburgh office four years ago. Zemel and Deegan are associates at Weber. Zemel also focused on the opportunity to build a corporate practice group in a firm that doesn’t yet have one in the Philadelphia area. He said he became familiar with the firm through an acquaintance and began discussing possible opportunities with Rosenberg. That led to more talks between the two firms. “The firm didn’t have plans to grow, but we certainly weren’t adverse to additional growth,” Koczan said. “The right people presented themselves to us and Dave thought this was a good place for his practice to be. He saw an opportunity here that he didn’t see elsewhere.” Rosenberg will continue handling civil litigation, including insurance and subrogation work, as well as representing small business. Zemel specializes in corporate litigation and transaction work and commercial real estate. Deegan specializes in civil litigation including subrogation and insurance defense.

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