San Francisco-based Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani’s march across the U.S. continued Friday as the Am Law 200 firm announced plans to absorb five-lawyer Bogue Moylan + Marino in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Providence office will be Gordon Rees’ 46th office nationwide and its eighth new opening of 2017. Joining the firm are Bogue Moylan + Marino name partners Michael Marino, Richard Bogue and Thomas Moylan. The latter joins Gordon Rees as of counsel, while Marino will serve as his new firm’s managing partner in Providence.
Bogue Moylan & Marino partner Melissa Curley, now senior counsel at Gordon Rees, and associate Richard Fallago have also become part of the firm’s new outpost in Rhode Island. Paul Plourde, a former name partner at what until last year was known as Plourde, Bogue, Moylan + Marino, now has his own firm in Providence. He declined to comment about his decision to leave the firm and Marino was not immediately available for comment about his decision to join Gordon Rees.
“Aside from Providence being a good part of our geographic platform, [the] firm had a real specialty in tax matters and tax controversy, which we thought would be a really good addition to our existing abilities,” said Gordon Rees’ Pittsburgh managing partner S. Manoj Jegasothy, who helped broker the combination.
Jegasothy (pictured right) said the deal took around three months to solidify and had its genesis, in part, to an introduction of Marino to the firm by Gordon Rees partner James Messenger, who helped open the firm’s new Boston office in 2015 along with fellow former LeClairRyan litigators Jay Gregory and Margaret “Peg” Stolfa.
Jegasothy, who joined Gordon Rees in 2012 from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, added that Gordon Rees’ tie-up with Bogue Moylan + Marino is part of a plan to expand its offerings to clients. He cited the firm’s addition in July of former Buchanan Ingersoll colleague Craig Heryford as co-chair of its business transactions group.
Gordon Rees, which adopted its current name in 2014, was founded in San Francisco in 1974. The firm made its first appearance in the annual Am Law Second Hundred list in 2005, coming in at No. 176. In the most recent rankings, the 667-lawyer Gordon Rees was No. 110, having reaped $296.5 million in gross revenue in 2016.
Since 2000, Gordon Rees has opened 30 new offices across the country. The firm expanded into Philadelphia in 2013 and two years later set up shop in Boston, Columbus, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Wheeling, West Virginia. Prior to picking up its new outpost in Providence, Gordon Rees opened this year in Cincinnati and Cleveland; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; Milwaukee; Oklahoma City; and Salt Lake City.
“Historically, we have always expanded into geographic locations where either there was a good fit because of the type of work or because we already had clients or potential clients in that area,” Jegasothy said.
But even as large firms look to consolidate their real estate footprints, in part due to soaring office rents, Jegasothy said that Gordon Rees doesn’t believe the cost of adding on new offices will adversely affect its bottom line. The firm doesn’t leverage itself to acquire real estate.
“We make smart decisions with the right kind of space,” Jegasothy said.
CORRECTION: 9/21/17, 11:08 a.m. EDT. A previous version of this story misidentified the new titles of Bogue Moylan lawyers joining Gordon Rees.