Offit Kurman Adds Labor and Employment Duo From Archer & Greiner

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Maryland-based Offit Kurman has added labor and employment attorneys Neil A. Morris and Richard R. Morris to its Philadelphia office from Haddonfield, N.J.-based Archer & Greiner.

The father-and-son duo, who joined the firm as principals Jan. 2, brings Offit Kurman its first Philadelphia-based labor and employment practice.

They were previously partners in Archer & Greiner's Philadelphia office, which they joined in 2008 when it merged with their previous firm, Pelino & Lentz.

According to managing principal Theodore A. Offit, the firm has a large labor and employment practice in its Washington, D.C., and Maryland offices, but felt it needed a practice presence in its Philadelphia office.

"Labor and employment's one of our top practice groups in the entire region and Philadelphia's a much more active labor market than D.C. or Baltimore," Offit said.

Offit said the firm knew it needed to bring aboard attorneys with strong ties to and an established practice in the Philadelphia region.

That's where the Morrises, who serve as labor counsel for more than 20 municipalities in the Greater Philadelphia area, came in.

"We grow by adding high-end, quality lawyers and people," Offit said. "Neil and Richard's track record really speaks for itself. They're Philadelphia people and we realize that, for our firm to grow in Philadelphia, we have to grow through Philadelphia leadership."

Neil Morris told The Legal that while he and his son were happy at Archer & Greiner, they were approached by a recruiting firm—Conshohocken, Pa.-based Alevistar Group—about joining Offit Kurman and were intrigued by the idea of joining a growing firm and building a labor and employment practice from the ground up in Philadelphia.

"I'm going to chair the labor department [in Philadelphia] and, together with Richard, we're going to grow it," Morris said. "What that means is you can put your stamp on what's happening. ... It's always better to have more control over your practice."

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