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Michael Tanenbaum.Michael Tanenbaum. (Carmen Natale)

The curious case of the law firm spinoff falls short of trend status, but examples are beginning to mount, in New Jersey and elsewhere.

Whether a chance at building a legacy outweighs the concerns inherent in abandoning a known brand is a calculus that varies by case, but it appears economic factors, including rate autonomy, invariably motivate those who go through with it.

The most recent example locally is Tanenbaum Keale, an 18-lawyer firm formed six weeks ago by a group splitting off from Sedgwick’s Newark office.

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