New MP Says Saul Ewing Will Increase Industry Focus

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The value of the industry group approach for clients is compounded by the fact that, because Saul Ewing is a midsized firm, these matters are staffed largely with partners as opposed to armies of associates.

"Unless certain projects require huge teams of lawyers, we don't have the kind of leverage a lot of firms do," Levin said. "We pride ourselves on having partners assigned to these projects."

The increased focus on industry groups will also inform the firm's growth moving forward, Levin said.

While Saul Ewing has no immediate aspirations to be a national firm, it would be willing to look at opportunities "on the perimeter" of what Levin called the firm's "super-regional" geographic footprint, which extends west from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, south to Washington, D.C., and north to Boston.

However, Levin said, those opportunities would have to enhance the firm's ability to serve clients in a certain industry or industries.

Still, Levin added that the firm's first priority is to strengthen industry groups in its existing offices.

According to Levin, the firm, which grew overall by about 20 attorneys in 2013, added 12 life sciences lawyers and patent agents to its Philadelphia and Boston offices last year.

Levin, whose practice focuses on commercial, real estate, finance, and trusts and estates law, joined Saul Ewing in 2003 from Baltimore-based Siskind Grady Rosen Hoover & Levin, now known as Siskind Grady Rosen & Hoover. He chaired Saul Ewing's business and finance department for the past three years.

Levin also served on the firm's executive committee for six years.

He was selected as the firm's new managing partner by partnership consensus in March of last year, replacing David S. Antzis, who was required by firm policy to step down from the position when his second four-year term ended this month.

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