Winne Banta in Hackensack is adding six lawyers from another firm in the city, Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka & Goldberg, with expertise in estate planning and local government.
Effective Nov. 1, Stanley Turitz, Arthur Goldberg and Dennis Harraka will join as principals, Doris Brandstatter and Marla Wolfe Taus as associates, and William Rupp as of counsel.
The additions will bring Winne, Banta, Hetherington, Basralian & Kahn to 36 lawyers.
“All of us at Winne Banta are excited about the integration of the Ferrara Turitz practice and the expansion of our existing business platform,” managing partner Joseph Basralian said in a statement. “We are pleased to be adding additional depth to some of our existing practice areas, as well as a strong corporate tax practice.”
The Ferrara Turitz lawyers are bringing along municipal and school district clients, including the township of Teaneck.
“Any time you can get quality lawyers with a quality book of business, it makes you stronger,” says Michael Stingone, a Winne Banta management committee member.
Stingone says the firm wants to do more public-sector work, an area that provides potential exposure to prospective clients. For example, a developer who appears before a planning board represented by Winne Banta might later hire the firm in another practice area, such as real estate or litigation.
Four of the six new arrivals will amplify Winne Banta’s growing estate-planning practice, bringing that department to 11 in number, Stingone says.
Tax expertise comes with Goldberg, a former Internal Revenue Service manager with an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
For Ferrara Turitz, joining Winne Banta will allow it to provide its clients the resources of a multiple-service firm. “Their contacts and relationships will allow them to bring in real estate and litigation work that in the past they would not have had the resources to handle in-house,” Stingone says.
Turitz adds that he and his colleagues will be able to keep work they once turned away for lack of manpower. Representing municipalities and school districts is becoming increasingly complex and demanding due to the high level of regulation. “It makes our lives a little easier in terms of practice to know you can have the expertise in-house. It gives you a sense of relief to know you can deliver services to clients in a timely fashion,” he says.
Since Winne Banta doesn’t have the space to house all six new arrivals at its offices at 21 Main Street, the combined wills, trusts and estates and tax practices will be housed at Ferrara Turitz’s offices at 505 Main Street for at least two years.
Two other Ferrara Turitz attorneys will not be joining Winne Banta. Turitz declines to say why. Stingone says his firm is bringing on only the “business developers.”