Deeb Blum Splits, Partners Join Anderson Kill, Shook Hardy
Philadelphia-based Deeb Blum Murphy Frishberg & Markovich has split up, with four of the name partners and one associate joining Anderson Kill's Philadelphia office and a fifth name partner, along with another associate, joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon's Philadelphia office.
Partners Peter J. Deeb, Stephen H. Frishberg, Inez M. Markovich and Frank G. Murphy, along with associate Kevin G. McDonald, are set to join Anderson Kill on October 1.
The move appears to fall in line with a number of similar moves recently where larger firms have brought on the bulk of a smaller firm while avoiding a traditional merger or acquisition.
Partner Joseph H. Blum, meanwhile, is set to join Shook Hardy, along with associate Erin Loucks.
Two other former Deeb Blum attorneys won't be joining either firm. Mark N. Suprenant, who joined Deeb Blum as a partner in 2011 from Wawa Inc., where he was general counsel and corporate secretary, left the firm September 13, according to Frishberg.
In addition, associate Sona Kim left the firm September 3, Frishberg said.
Frishberg told The Legal on Tuesday that Deeb Blum had been working with a recruiter to find new hires when it was brought to the firm's attention that Anderson Kill was looking to expand its Philadelphia presence.
Recruiter Cathy B. Abelson confirmed that she was involved in bringing the two firms together.
According to Frishberg, he and his colleagues were initially unsure of what to expect when they agreed to meet with Anderson Kill's management, given that a significant portion of Anderson Kill's practice is insurance recovery, which Deeb Blum doesn't do.
However, Frishberg said, they were pleasantly surprised to find that Anderson Kill's practice extends well beyond insurance recovery to include commercial litigation, financial services, and trusts and estates work, all of which fit squarely within the Deeb Blum group's bailiwick.