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Pepe & Hazard Merges with McElroy Deutsch and Takes on Its Name

Posted Mar 22, 2010 11:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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New England law firm Pepe & Hazard has merged with New Jersey-based McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter and taken on the name of the larger, 245-lawyer firm.

The merger was completed Monday, the Connecticut Law Tribune reports. Pepe & Hazard managing partner Alfred Turco told the Law Tribune that the firm needed to add more lawyers in metropolitan areas to remain viable.

Turco said the merged law firm will be interested in lateral hires of lawyers, but some staff positions could be eliminated if there are redundancies.

The new merged firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter will have about 300 lawyers and nine offices in six states, according to a McElroy Deutsch press release. It is McElroy Deutsch’s seventh merger in six years, according to the Star-Ledger.

Pepe & Hazard calls the combination “a perfect match,” in a separate press release. Members of both firms had met as opposing lawyers over the years, “and it is from these relationships that a mutual professional respect was born.”

Rumors of the merger were first reported in December.

Pepe & Hazard says its offices will remain in their current locations in Boston and Connecticut. McElroy Deutsch has offices offices in Morristown, Ridgewood and Newark, N.J.; Philadelphia; New York City; and suburban Denver.

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