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Cohen Milstein merges with Florida firm

Posted Feb 13, 2014 7:51 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Class-action law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has merged with Florida firm Leopold Law, adding two partners and three other lawyers to the Milstein firm.

The merged firm will have 80 lawyers, according to a press release, the Daily Business Review (sub. req.) and the Washington Business Journal. Cohen Milstein is based in Washington, D.C., and has offices in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Leopold Law is located in Palm Beach Gardens.

The Florida firm adds strength in the areas of product liability and managed care litigation, Cohen Milstein partner Joseph Sellers told the Washington Business Journal. Leopold Law had been approached about a potential class-action but the firm needed a larger platform like Cohen Milstein to handle the case, Sellers told the publication.

Cohen Milstein’s strengths include antitrust and qui tam, Leopold told the Daily Business Journal. The press release lists several areas of expertise, including securities fraud, employment and consumer protection.

The two firms are currently co-counsel in an employment case against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Sellers told the Washington Business Journal that the firms began merger talks last fall after realizing they had “some real synergies.” The deal "was not a merger just to merge,” Sellers said. “We are not in the acquisition or expansion business for its own sake. That is not our primary goal. It is more a harmony of interests."

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