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: The firm announced its seventh 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.