The Legal Intelligencer - June 15, 2015
By: Lizzy McLellan
Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman is set to enter the Washington, D.C., market and launch a new practice group in internal investigations through a merger with a small firm.
The firm announced Monday its plans to bring on four lawyers from Thaler Liebeler, effective June 29. The deal will allow Cohen Seglias, which practices in construction, federal contracting, commercial litigation and other areas, to open an office in the nation's capital.
Edward Seglias, vice president and shareholder at Cohen Seglias, said the firm has been looking for a merger partner in that region for about three or four years, with a more serious intention in the past year. The firm already has some clients there, he said, and it has a large market for construction and federal contracting work.
"Given our core practice of construction, geographically it made a lot of sense for us to move into that market," Seglias said. But "we weren't limiting ourselves to finding a construction lawyer."
Thaler Liebeler's areas of practice include litigation, corporate law, employment law and international matters. Partner Paul S. Thaler, who will be managing partner of Cohen Seglias' Washington office, said his firm has some experience in construction and federal contracts.
"I would say that's fair to say we dipped our toes into it but that's not our background that we've been heavily involved with," Thaler said. "There is an enormous market here and plenty of construction work, obviously lots of federal contracting work."
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