Ten lawyers from Wargo French have left to start Kabat Chapman & Ozmer, which handles labor and employment law and commercial litigation.
Three Wargo French partners—Mike Kabat, Nathan Chapman and Joe Ozmer—launched the firm in January and were joined by J. Scott Carr as of counsel and associates Amy Beverlin, Anthony Giardino, Shawna Miller, Abigail Stecker Romero, Paul Sherman and Ryan Watstein.
Three staff members—Amy Nance, Shirl Washington and Bonnie Westenberger—joined as well.
“All of us are entrepreneurs at heart,” said Kabat of himself and his law partners. “The opportunity to start our own firm really interested us.”
Kabat and Ozmer were part of a group from Duane Morris that started Wargo French in 2003. Nathan Chapman joined in 2011 from Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan.
Kabat said Wargo French, like their new firm, had about 10 lawyers when it launched. With their departure, that firm has 32 lawyers in Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, according to its website. Founding partner Joe Wargo did not respond to a request for comment.
Kabat represents management in labor and employment matters, while Chapman and Ozmer handle labor and employment and other business disputes, including intellectual property matters, class and collective actions.
One major client is Time Warner Cable, which the firm represents nationally in wage and hour class and collective actions. Kabat said they also represent Time Warner Cable in individual employment litigation and some commercial matters.
Hyatt Corp. is another client. Chapman said they handle all the company’s labor and employment work in the Southeast. The firm represents Atlanta-based Birch Communications in commercial and labor and employment disputes.
The new firm is at Atlantic Station, where it has leased about 8,000 square feet on the 15th floor of the Wells Fargo building at 171 17th St. N.W. One lawyer, Beverlin, is located in Los Angeles.