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July 9, 2024

Murtha Cullina merger with NY-based Harris Beach approved by partners

Connecticut law firm Murtha Cullina will merge with Harris Beach, headquartered in Rochester, New York, creating a combined firm that will be known as Harris Beach Murtha, the companies announced Tuesday.

The partners of both firms approved an operating agreement that will govern the merger, according to the announcement.

The partnership between Murtha Cullina and Harris Beach was announced in May, before receiving approval from the partners.

The newly formed Harris Beach Murtha will have more than 250 attorneys across 16 offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Murtha Cullina and Harris Beach will continue operating separately until Jan. 1, 2025, when they will become a single firm.

Murtha Cullina operates in Connecticut and Massachusetts, while Harris Beach focuses on New York, but also has offices in Newark, New Jersey, New Haven and Washington, D.C.

Murtha Cullina recently announced that it had opened a new office in Bantam. The office, at 782 Bantam Road, includes two new attorneys, Mary M. “Molly” Ackerly, who is counsel in the firm’s trusts and estates practice, and J. Michael Sconyers, a member of its litigation practice.

The only cities where both firms currently operate are New Haven and White Plains, New York. In addition, Murtha Cullina has offices in Hartford, Boston and Stamford. 

Harris Beach Murtha's combined footprint.

The merger will benefit clients by increasing the knowledge base of both firms and providing new services in a larger geographic area, according to the announcement.

“Our respective firms are eager to collaborate on a wide variety of matters across industries, and this demonstrated enthusiasm is just a glimpse of what is to come for Harris Beach Murtha: the highest quality legal services, supported by a bigger talent pool, expanded breadth of services and broader geographic scope to meet our clients’ ever-evolving needs,” said Andy I. Corea, managing partner of Murtha Cullina.

Harris Beach CEO Chris Jagel and Corea will co-lead an interim advisory committee during the transition.

As of 2023, Murtha Cullina had 62 attorneys in Connecticut and was ranked the 11th largest firm in Greater Hartford, according to the Hartford Business Journal’s Book of Lists.

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