Offit Kurman Adds Labor and Employment Duo From Archer & Greiner
Neil Morris said changes in federal, state and local laws in recent years have led to an uptick in employee claims alleging age, race, disability and sexual discrimination against municipalities.
According to Morris, employees are increasingly filing these claims following disciplinary action by the municipalities that employ them.
"We're finding more and more of these additional claims outside of the normal grievances and things of that nature," Morris said.
Morris said there wasn't much of a question as to whether his and his son's municipal clients would follow them to Offit Kurman because they've been working together since before the Morrises joined Archer & Greiner.
In addition, Morris said, although Archer & Greiner has a large firmwide labor and employment practice, he and his son were the only attorneys at the firm whose practices centered on representing municipalities in the Greater Philadelphia region.
"Our clients essentially deal with us and there wasn't a lot of other contact with other attorneys" at Archer & Greiner, Morris said.
Gibson said it was true that "most, if not all" of the Morrises' clients followed them to Archer & Greiner, noting that those municipalities did not have much of a need for Archer & Greiner's services beyond labor and employment work.
Morris added that Offit Kurman also provides him and his son with the opportunity to build up the private labor law portion of their practice by cross-selling their services to the firm's business and commercial clients.
The addition of the Morrises came on the heels of a busy second half of 2013 for Offit Kurman, during which the firm added 10 attorneys in Philadelphia, including five-lawyer tax and estate planning boutique Fineburg Law Associates in September and litigators Philip Vogler, Michael Haley and Adam Brownstein from Flaster Greenberg in August.