Harrisburg-born civil defense boutique Thomas, Thomas & Hafer opened its 12th office last month in Richmond, Virginia, recruiting a pair of local insurance defense attorneys from a rival firm to spearhead the office’s growth.

Leaders at the 85-lawyer firm said in interviews this week that the expansion into the southern half of the commonwealth rounds out its Virginia footprint. The firm opened its first office in the state in Fairfax during the months leading up to the pandemic. Attorneys can now handle client matters throughout the state, according to leaders at the Richmond office.