Offit Kurman makes second attempt to land in Manhattan

Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer//April 19, 2018

Offit Kurman makes second attempt to land in Manhattan

By Heather Cobun

//Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer

//April 19, 2018

'One of the reasons we’re able to grow is that we have been a risk-taking firm in a risk-averse marketplace,' says Ted Offit, right, of Offit Kurman. Ted Offit, Maurice Offit, left, and Howard Kurman, center, formed their firm 30 years ago. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)
Offit Kurman founders Maurice Offit, left, Howard Kurman and Ted Offit. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Offit Kurman is on its way to a more permanent home in Manhattan after announcing an affiliation with Menaker & Herrmann last week.

Maple Lawn-based Offit Kurman said earlier this year it would absorb New York City’s Eaton & Van Winkle but the deal fell through at the last minute after Eaton & Van Winkle was unable to contribute to the office lease as agreed. Eight Eaton & Van Winkle attorneys still joined Offit Kurman in a temporary space in New York and three more have joined the team since.

Eaton & Van Winkle ceased operations at the end of February.

Under the affiliation with Menaker & Herrmann, lawyers will operate out of the firm’s existing space in Manhattan and expand to an additional floor to house the other New York-based attorneys. Offit Kurman will gain 12 attorneys in all.

“We are honored to not only add a dozen exceptional lawyers to Offit Kurman, but to do so in a manner that supports our regional growth in New York City,” Offit Kurman Chairman Ted Offit said in a statement. “In terms of experience, market focus, location, and shared values, the Menaker & Herrmann team is an excellent fit for our firm.”

Menaker & Herrmann has been active for 35 years and specializes in construction law and commercial litigation, which are in high demand among Offit Kurman clients, according Offit Kurman’s announcement about the affiliation.

Offit Kurman’s offer to take on Menaker & Herrmann’s entire staff appealed to the New York firm, founder Robert F. Herrmann said in a statement.

“Offit Kurman approached us and made an attractive offer which encompassed taking our entire staff and lawyers,” he said. “Offit Kurman recognized the value of our firm in its entirety which was very important to us.”

Offit Kurman has also announced plans to open offices in New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island in the future.

“We will not be a Manhattan firm—we will be a New York regional firm,” Offit said.


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