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Epstein Becker Miami Office to Close As Top Attorney Leads Lawyers & Staff to Duane Morris

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Epstein Becker & Green will be closing its eight-year-old office in Miami after managing partner Michael Case led most of its attorneys and staff to Duane Morris.

Casey says he couldn’t pass up the chance to establish a labor and employment practice for his new firm in Miami and he also expects to benefit from a larger national platform, reports the Daily Business Review (sub. req.).

He discussed the Duane Morris option in the elevator with his friend, Charles Papy, who serves as Miami managing partner as both headed to work in the Wachovia Financial Center, the article notes.

Duane Morris is still looking to add another 20 lawyers or more to its Miami and Boca Raton, Fla., offices before the end of 2011.

“In coordination with Mike’s departure, we have decided to wind down our small operation,” Doug Hastings, who chairs Epstein Becker’s board, tells the legal publication. “Over the years it became apparent that the Miami office did not fit with our strategic growth.”

Epstein Becker has lost lawyers in several locations in recent years, as earlier articles note:

Weil Gotshal Grows Nearly 24% in DC, While Most NY Firms Lose DC Lawyers

Drinker Biddle and Stoel Rives Are Expanding in California

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