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Delaware-based Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy has brought on 13 lawyers from Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd., expanding its reach into the Chicago and St. Louis markets.

Partners Melissa Fallah, Scott Henry, Adam Jagadich and Greg McMahon are planting the seeds of Maron Marvel’s new Chicago office, while partner Ben Thames is in St. Louis. They join along with other attorneys and staff.

The new group focuses its practice on toxic torts, environmental litigation, products liability and related practice areas, fitting in with Maron Marvel’s high-stakes toxic tort litigation practice. The lawyers’ clients range from small businesses up to Fortune 500 companies.

Henry, who is managing member of the new Chicago office, said his group was attracted to Maron Marvel for its reputation in the litigation community. The group shares clients with Maron Marvel, he said, and they anticipate being able to bring their business with them in the move.

“The client base that I have, the type of work that I have, married perfectly with Maron Marvel,” Henry said. Our practice transition is going to be seamless.”

Henry said Maron Marvel reached out to him and his partners to begin talks about a group move.

The move is “not going to change my practice. It’s just going to allow me at this stage of my career to advance,” Henry said. “The opportunity to have an office and grow an office doesn’t come along often.”

Paul Bradley, managing member of Maron Marvel, said Chicago and St. Louis are both active cities for litigation, and places where his firm’s national clients have a regional presence.

“We had been looking to expand in the Midwest for a number of years,” Bradley said. He said he was familiar with the work the Segal McCambridge lawyers had been doing, and saw them as a “natural fit.”

Bradley said his firm plans to grow both offices if the right hiring opportunities come along.

“From the very founding of our practice, our goal has been to become the premier mass toxic tort firm in the country,” Maron Marvel founding partner James Maron said in a statement.

This 13-lawyer group is departing Segal McCambridge on the heels of another group that left the firm in Philadelphia earlier this month. The seven Philadelphia lawyers went to Buffalo-based Goldberg Segalla. Goldberg Segalla had previously taken all five of Segal McCambridge’s lawyers in Baltimore in 2016.

Maron Marvel, founded in 1996, has more than 80 lawyers, and now has offices in 10 states. Segal McCambridge has more than 130 lawyers, according to its website, including more than 60 in Chicago and four associates remaining in St. Louis.

In a statement, Segal McCambridge managing shareholder Mark Crane wished the departing lawyers well. “We look forward to continuing our long-term strategy of growing and diversifying our business, both within existing offices and likely through anticipated geographic expansion as well,” Crane said.