Harris Beach and Murtha Cullina Partners Approve New Operating Agreement for Combined Firm

Harris Beach and Murtha Cullina Partners Approve New Operating Agreement for Combined Firm

Harris Beach and Murtha Cullina Merge to Create Regional Legal Powerhouse

On July 9, 2024, Harris Beach PLLC and Murtha Cullina LLP announced that they have approved an Operating Agreement that will govern a new, combined firm to be known as Harris Beach Murtha. The Operating Agreement will create a regional legal powerhouse with over 250 attorneys across 16 offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia. The firms announced their intent to combine in May and will operate as one firm beginning January 1, 2025. The two law firms offer complementary services, strengths, and cultures in their respective geographies, and the combination will benefit clients of both firms through significantly increased knowledge base and expanded service area.

Implications of the Merger for Clients

The merger between Harris Beach and Murtha Cullina is a significant development in the legal industry. It will provide clients of both firms with unique opportunities to leverage the expertise of attorneys across the expanded geographical footprint of Harris Beach Murtha. The combination of the two firms will result in a significantly increased talent pool, expanded breadth of services, and broader geographic scope to meet clients’ ever-evolving needs.

Expanded Capabilities for Clients

Chris Jagel, the CEO of Harris Beach PLLC, stated that the vote in favor of the Operating Agreement is a testament to the strength of the combination. Jagel also expressed his delight with the firms’ continued progress toward a successful combination and the enhanced capabilities Harris Beach Murtha will offer clients. The combined firm will deliver expanded, innovative services to an extended geographical footprint to support clients’ unique needs. Clients of both firms are already experiencing the benefits of the combination as they are being introduced to new legal services and receiving support in new geographic areas.

Interim Advisory Committee to Ensure Client Service

Until the Operating Agreement takes effect on January 1, 2025, Chris Jagel, CEO of Harris Beach, and Andy Corea, Managing Partner of Murtha Cullina, will co-lead an interim advisory committee ensuring clients continue to receive high-quality, focused services throughout the integration process.

About Harris Beach PLLC

Harris Beach PLLC is a distinguished firm dating back to 1856 with a strong presence across New York and the Tri-State area. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. The firm’s core practice areas and industries served include appellate law, business and commercial litigation, commercial real estate, corporate, environmental, energy, financial restructuring, government compliance and investigations, health care, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, mass torts, medical and life sciences, political law, product liability, public finance, and wills, trusts and estates. The firm’s lawyers and consultants practice from offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, and White Plains, as well as from offices in Washington, D. C., New Haven, Connecticut, and Newark, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.harrisbeach.com.

About Murtha Cullina LLP

Murtha Cullina LLP is a mid-sized firm established in 1936 with a deeply rooted culture of collaboration, excellence, and inclusion. With offices throughout the Northeast and New England serving local, regional, national, and international clients, including public and private companies, institutions, government entities, tax-exempt organizations, and individuals, Murtha Cullina is focused on its clients’ business goals and strategic objectives. The firm’s core practice areas include business law, employee benefits, energy, environmental, health care, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, tax, tax-exempt organizations, trusts and estates, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, municipal, and commercial finance. Murtha Cullina is also the exclusive member firm in Connecticut for Lex Mundi and the American Property Tax Counsel (APTC). For more information, visit www.murthalaw.com.


The combination of Harris Beach PLLC and Murtha Cullina LLP to create Harris Beach Murtha will significantly enhance the legal capabilities of both firms, benefiting their clients with a broader range of legal services and expertise across a larger geographical footprint. The merger will bring together complementary services, strengths, and cultures of both firms, resulting in a robust legal powerhouse serving diverse groups of clientele across the country. The two firms are well on their way to closing conditions and finalizing necessary reviews, ensuring readiness for their joint operation by January 1, 2025.

Originally Post From https://www.greaterrochesterchamber.com/2024/07/09/harris-beach-and-murtha-cullina-partners-approve-new-operating-agreement-for-combined-firm/

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