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Rosenberg Martin Greenberg grows white-collar practice with merger

'We are very excited about this," says partner Gerard B. "Jerry" Martin.

“We are very excited about this,” says partner Gerard P. “Jerry” Martin.

Baltimore-based Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP is beginning the year with a stronger white-collar practice following a merger with Levin & Curlett, the firm announced this week.

Effective Jan. 1, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg brought on four attorneys from the merger to increase offerings in its white-collar and internal investigations practice, which was established

by partner Gerard P. “Jerry” Martin, a veteran trial attorney.

“It seemed right from a professional point of view and a cultural point of view. It was a good match,” said managing partner Barry C. Greenberg. “It’s the extension and expansion of a practice area the firm is well known for,” he added.

Curlett

Chad Curlett

Attorneys Chad Curlett, Steve Levin, Sarah Lacey and Lauren McLarney have come on board at Rosenberg Martin as part of the merger. The move will also

Steve Levin

Steve Levin

increase the firm’s geographic reach to New York and Washington, where the former Levin & Curlett had satellite offices.

“We have a lot of opportunities to do some great things, we can support any kind of representation no matter how intricate the financial parts of it are,” Martin said. “We are really excited about this.”

Before opening their own firm seven years ago, Levin and Curlett both had careers as prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Maryland and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, respectively.

Curlett described the merger as “akin to being handed the keys to a nicer car with more luxury features and the capability of doing more.”

“We are taking on larger and larger matters, and it became evident that our clients would be better served if we had a larger platform,” Curlett said.

In addition to more business development and marketing resources, the merger will allow the newly integrated Levin & Curlett attorneys to have access to expertise across practice areas and increase the level of service they provide clients, Curlett added.

“It’s been through Jerry Martin’s efforts that RMG has for a long time been a leader in the criminal defense bar, and we look forward to not just joining the practice but building on that tradition,” Levin said.

While the merger will help Rosenberg Martin serve existing clients, it will also help the firm plan for the future in one of its more well-known practice areas.

“I’m convinced that we have a team in place that will be here for a long, long time,” Martin said about his practice group.

The firm is 32 years old and is experiencing a transition “firms of that vintage face,” Greenberg said. A lot of the firm’s growth strategy centers on younger lawyers who can complement existing practice areas, but the firm is open to mergers given the right opportunities, Greenberg said.

The firm added nine new attorneys as of the fourth quarter of 2018, including the four from Levin & Curlett, bringing the headcount to 40 lawyers.

“The trick is to stay relevant in the field and continue to expand,” Greenberg said, adding that the merger is part of that effort.

“We’ve been leading our own practice for many years. I think it’s a natural progression that every firm faces. We look forward to taking on those responsibilities and doing that work,” Curlett said.

 


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