Buchanan Ingersoll Moves Aventura Office to Fort Lauderdale

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney will officially shutter its Aventura, Fla., office and move the attorneys and staff to its new location in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, according to a statement from the firm.

There are currently six attorneys in the Aventura office, including managing shareholder Jack Kessler, who is set to lead the new Fort Lauderdale location.

Buchanan Ingersoll announced its plans to open in Fort Lauderdale back in August when the firm hired finance shareholder Philip M. Hanaka and relocated San Diego shareholder John P. Dyro Sr. to the Aventura location.

Kessler opened the Aventura office in 1990 and co-manages Buchanan Ingersoll's South Florida operations with Richard Morgan, the managing shareholder of the firm's Miami office. The firm also has an office in Tampa.

"Buchanan is nationally recognized for its sophisticated experience in the real estate and commercial lending arena, and this sector in South Florida is an area of significant growth," Kessler said in a statement.

Kessler said in the statement that the Aventura office's move is part of the firm's strategic plan to "ensconce itself in South Florida's growing business market."

Kessler said in an interview Thursday that over the years the three counties that comprise the South Florida market have split into three fairly distinct legal markets. The firm is in Miami-Dade County through its Miami office and the Fort Lauderdale location, just 12 miles from Aventura, can better serve the Broward County market, Kessler said. He said the firm feels the new location can handle serving the Broward and Palm Beach County markets, with a potential office opening in Palm Beach down the road. Kessler said that seems to be the normal progression of firms expanding in South Florida.

Moving from Aventura, a more suburban area of Miami, to the more city-like environment of Fort Lauderdale is also helping with recruiting, Kessler said.

"Recruiting high-level attorneys is tough because most want to be in a downtown urban area," Kessler said, noting the move is already generating calls from potential laterals.

As Legal sibling publication Daily Business Review in Florida reported, Buchanan Ingersoll is part of a trend of law firms moving from suburban lairs to downtown Fort Lauderdale offices. Others include Becker & Poliakoff and Greenspoon Marder.

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