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Two top partners lead 7-lawyer team from Christie Pabarue to new office of Carroll McNulty


The managing partner, a name partner and five other lawyers are leaving Christie Pabarue Mortensen & Young to open a new Philadelphia office for Carroll, McNulty & Kull, a New Jersey law firm based in the outskirts of suburban New York City.

In addition to managing partner Ralph Luongo, name partner Brad Mortensen–who chairs its insurance coverage practice group–will also be leaving soon for the Carroll firm, along with two additional partners and three associates, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. The move will reduce the attorney roster at Christie Pabarue from 36 to 29, according to its website.

Founded in 1997, Carroll McNulty has over 50 lawyers and is known for its insurance coverage practice. Until now, its only offices have been in New Jersey and New York.

At Christie Pabarue, co-founder James Young will serve as interim partner. He said the split was amicable and explains that his firm will now reduce its insurance coverage work, on behalf of insurers, and focus more on other practice areas, including medical malpractice defense, employment counseling and litigation and defending lawyers and law firms in malpractice cases.

“We are seeking to capitalize on areas that have been expanding over the past 24 months, including our Boston-based commercial counseling and broad-based litigation practice,” said name partner Jim Pabarue in a written statement.

Another three-partner group recently left Christie Pabarue for the Philadelphia office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, a 750-attorney general practice business law firm based in New York. The trio, which included Marc Bogutz, has a practice focus on defending lawyers in professional liability cases.

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