Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Labor and employment specialist Jackson Lewis has agreed to snap up Cincinnati’s Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg, bringing the Am Law 100 firm’s office in the city to a total of 22 lawyers and bolstering its ranks in Ohio.

In a Wednesday statement announcing the move, Jackson Lewis said it would take in all seven of the lawyers at Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg, combining “Cincinnati’s two powerhouse labor and employment practices.”

The new recruits will officially become part of Jackson Lewis on Jan. 1, said Scott Carroll, managing partner of Jackson Lewis’ offices in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.

“By adding this distinguished team of established and highly renowned workplace law practitioners to our existing 15-attorney roster,” Carroll said in a statement. “[W]e are solidifying our presence in the city and positioning Jackson Lewis as the leading employment practice in Ohio.”

Bolting on Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg marks the latest expansion for Jackson Lewis this year. The White Plains, New York-based firm made a major move this summer by bringing on a 39-lawyer lobbying team from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, a move that came a year after Jackson Lewis set up shop on the Jersey Shore and launched an affiliated firm in Hawaii.

In an interview Wednesday, Carroll said Jackson Lewis’ expansion efforts have come amidst a steady increase in demand, stemming in part from changes in labor and employment law, many of which happen on the state and municipal levels in addition to those on the federal level. The firm emphasizes having offices in a number of geographic regions to ensure its lawyers have “on the ground” local knowledge that they can put to use for clients, Carroll said.

With respect to Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg, Carroll noted that his firm has long been a well-known quantity in Cincinnati and would bring skills that complement the existing group that Jackson Lewis has in Ohio. (The firm’s other offices in the region are located in Cleveland, Dayton, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.)

“They have said no to a bunch of merger opportunities and overtures over the years from our competitors,” Carroll said about Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg. He added that once discussions began between the firm and Jackson Lewis, the two sides became convinced that their combination would be a good fit.

“We’re always looking for an opportunity to add an excellent group of lawyers,” Carroll said.

Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg name partner Daniel Rosenthal also welcomed the move. In a statement Wednesday, Rosenthal said he and his colleagues were happy to join Jackson Lewis, which he described as the premier workplace law firm in the region.

“This merger allows us to expand our practice geographically and increases our ability to serve our clients’ needs,” Rosenthal said. “We have turned down merger offers in the past, but after meeting the Jackson Lewis team, it became clear that our ability to represent and serve our clients would be served best by combining resources.”

The team from Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg, which includes six partners and an associate, brings with it experience representing local and national clients in front of the National Labor Relations Board, Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board and federal and state equal employment opportunity agencies, according to Jackson Lewis.

Jackson Lewis’ addition of the smaller Cincinnati firm also marks the latest merger move in what has been a particularly busy close to the year. Last week Kelley Drye & Warren entered Texas by acquiring 14-lawyer litigation boutique Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs in Houston, the same city where another local litigation shop agreed to join British firm Holman Fenwick Willan.

The American Lawyer also reported last week on Kansas City, Missouri-based Spencer Fane’s merger with 30-lawyer Denver firm Berenbaum Weinshienk, while Milwaukee’s von Briesen & Roper absorbed 14-lawyer local firm Weiss Berzowski. Atlanta-based Freeman Mathis & Gary also reached the 83-lawyer mark after taking on small Southern California firm Edgerton & Weaver.