Marking the latest in a string of recent small law firm acquisitions, Fox Rothschild will soon acquire commercial litigation boutique Rollin Braswell Fisher in Denver.
The combination will add four partners to the larger firm’s Rocky Mountains foothold—Maritza Dominguez Braswell, Michael A. Rollin, Caleb Durling and Marsha M. Piccone—effective June 25, as well as two associates and three staffers. Associates Edgar Barraza and G. Steve Caravajal are making the move to Fox Rothschild too, Braswell said in an interview Thursday.
“We love the Denver market, and our Denver office is growing, so we had been looking at attracting new lawyers,” Fox Rothschild chairman Mark Silow said. The connection was made through a recruiter, he said, as Rollin Braswell was seeking an opportunity to join a firm with national resources.
Rollin Braswell has six other lawyers listed on its website that will not be joining Fox Rothschild. Some of them had been working on a particular piece of litigation that is finished, and some were contract lawyers, Silow said. Keeping all of them at the more than 800-lawyer firm would have been “too much duplication,” he said.
Rollin Braswell works with national and international financial services clients, Braswell said. While Fox Rothschild had a commercial litigation practice in Denver, Silow said, it was more focused on the energy and real estate sectors.
Braswell said her firm’s lawyers often traveled to California, New York and Houston, so having Fox Rothschild’s brick-and-mortar presence in more cities will be beneficial to their practice. And she’s not worried about the transition from boutique to Big Law.
“What differentiated Fox from other large firms was how nimble and entrepreneurial Fox is,” Braswell said.
Fox Rothschild’s rate structure also matched up well with Rollin Braswell’s, she said. Asked how much business her group is bringing to the firm, she declined to answer.
Fox Rothschild opened its Denver office in 2012, and in 2013 it merged with Lottner Rubin Fishman Saul, adding 16 lawyers to the location, including Denver office managing partner Rick Rubin. With the addition of Rollin Braswell, the firm will have more than 40 lawyers in Denver.
Less than a month ago, Fox Rothschild gained 23 lawyers in Chicago and Wilmington, Delaware, when it acquired Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin.
The firm, which had $453 million in gross revenue in 2017, has been an active acquirer in recent years. It absorbed a two-lawyer immigration boutique in Pittsburgh late last year, and found a place in the Seattle market when it acquired 39-lawyer Riddell Williams in May 2017. In 2016, it merged with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, gaining more than 80 new lawyers and a presence in Minneapolis.