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Fire and Minor Explosions an Irritation for Late-Working Labaton Associates

Posted Mar 18, 2010 7:28 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Associates working after 9 p.m. Saturday at Labaton Sucharow in New York City were in no hurry to leave the building after flooding caused an electrical fire and some minor explosions.

After getting an evacuation order, the associates called their supervisors to see if they could remain in the building at 140 Broadway just a little longer to finish some work, the Am Law Daily reports. Partner Joel Bernstein didn’t think it was a good idea. "I told them to get out of there," he told the publication.

The building has been closed all week long, causing headaches for lawyers at Labaton and another law firm housed there, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.

Labaton Sucharow rented temporary office space and relocated computer servers, the story says. "I never knew how important a law firm's administrative staff could be until now,” Bernstein told the publication.

Lawyers at Schnader Harrison are working in the firm’s offices in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, N.J.

Tenants expect the 140 Broadway building to reopen next week.

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