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10 Lawyers Exit Jeffer Mangels to Form New Elkins Kalt Firm

Posted Jan 5, 2010 2:52 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After practicing together for as much as two decades at a Los Angeles firm, 10 lawyers—including six partners—have departed Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro to form their own firm.

Their new legal partnership, Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside, opened its doors Jan. 1, reports the National Law Journal in an article reprinted by New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

Name partner Keith Elkins says those in his firm, which has a number of real estate clients, are excited about being on their own and expect their relatively small size to be an advantage in offering creative billing arrangements. His group includes attorneys with corporate, litigation, tax and trusts and estates expertise.

"We respect their entrepreneurial spirits," says Ben Reznik, who chairs the government, land use, environment and energy practice at the 145-lawyer Jeffer Mangels. "This firm, Jeffer Mangels, was built on an entrepreneurial spirit with lateral partners coming into the firm who had run their own practices in the past."

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