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Two lawyers from large law firms have decided to start their own litigation boutique. Matthew Wynn, a workers’ compensation defense litigator formerly at Littler Mendelson, and Raymond McGarry, a commercial litigator previously with Buchanan Ingersoll, have started Wynn McGarry in temporary space in King of Prussia, Pa. The duo practiced together at Buchanan Ingersoll before Wynn joined the entire 10-attorney labor and employment group in Philadelphia that lateraled to Littler Mendelson in March 2001. Joining them will be Littler Mendelson associate Courtney Burbank, who worked closely with Wynn on workers’ comp matters. Wynn, who made partner a year before leaving Buchanan Ingersoll, was one of only a few workers’ comp lawyers at Littler Mendelson, a 300-attorney labor and employment boutique. He said he was not able to take advantage of the firm’s national presence like his colleagues because workers’ comp is a local practice, but that there was no issue with billing rates. McGarry had spent the past 15 years at Buchanan Ingersoll, building a practice largely dealing with real estate and construction in which he represents developers, contractors and landlords. He also handles shareholder disputes and consumer class action defense work. He made partner in 1998 but recently lost that status. He said that was obviously a factor in his decision to leave, but the real motivation was the opportunity to work in a small-firm setting and still handle sophisticated matters. Littler Mendelson Philadelphia office managing partner Thomas Bender said his firm does not handle many workers’ comp matters, except for some cases done for major client U.S. Airways. He said a partner from the firm’s Pittsburgh office, Kimberly Zabroski, will relocate to Philadelphia and pick up the workers’ comp slack. He wished Wynn well and said because the practice was largely self-contained, it will not have much bearing on the office’s financial performance. At Buchanan Ingersoll, firm-wide CEO Thomas VanKirk declined to talk about lawyers losing partner status, only saying that the firm puts lawyers in positions “where they can best help the firm.” He said that he thinks highly of McGarry and believes the new venture will be successful. McGarry is a 1989 Widener University School of Law graduate who began his career at Fox Rothschild. A year later, he left the firm with partner Peter Vaira and others to start a litigation practice for Buchanan Ingersoll. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Abington Township Board of School Directors. Wynn is a 1991 Widener Law graduate who worked briefly for an insurance company before spending five years with Swartz Campbell & Detweiler. He joined Buchanan Ingersoll in 1997.

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