Fox Rothschild to Acquire San Francisco Boutique

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Mark Silow
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"The MBV group is a dying breed in terms of the number of small, boutique, high-end practices, and we were very fortunate to pick them up," Reich said.

After a transition period, the attorneys and staff of MBV will move to Fox Rothschild's existing San Francisco office.

Fox Rothschild has been in expansion mode across the country this year. Reich said that, like many other firms, the firm is looking to add to its platform through the addition of productive partners.

The firm opened an office in Coral Gables, Fla., in April with a banking focus at the start. In June, Fox Rothschild picked up a five-member zoning and land-use team in New York that specializes in high-end real estate transactions in the Big Apple. Later that month, the firm acquired Lottner Rubin Fishman Saul, adding 16 lawyers to its relatively new Denver office.

Fox Rothschild acquired a San Francisco office through its 2006 merger with Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman. The firm now has 13 lawyers in that location, not including the seven who are set to join next month. Given Grotta Glassman was a labor and employment boutique, that remains the main focus of Fox Rothschild's San Francisco office. But the office has expanded its practice base to include litigation, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy and intellectual property work.

For other Pennsylvania firms, California expansion this year has meant growth near San Francisco in the Silicon Valley. Duane Morris and Pepper Hamilton each opened offices in Silicon Valley this year, with both firms focusing on intellectual property work to start.

Gina Passarella can be contacted at 215-557-2494 or at gpassarella@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @GPassarellaTLI.

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