After more than 125 years, Hepburn Willcox Hamilton & Putnam is closing its doors at the end of June.
Managing partner Susan L. White said the firm had recognized that the marketplace no longer supported a small general practice firm. The firm was founded in 1880.
White said the firm’s practice areas were diverse and the market demanded that small firms have more niche practices.
"This is a very sad moment for us," White said.
Half of Hepburn Willcox’s partners including White, John T. Robertson Jr , Jerome C. Murray and Robert S. Cohen have formed a new firm, along with former Blank Rome attorney Sheryl L. Axelrod, she said.
White said the new firm, Hepburn Robertson Axelrod & White, would focus on business transactions for small and midsized businesses and nonprofits.
She said partner Edward J. Kaier would be joining trusts and estates firm Teeters Harvey & Gilboy.
Partner Kenneth Ahl is still undecided as to his plans, she said.
White said the firm’s clients had been informed of the decision and she said she expected all of the clients to follow their respective attorneys to their new firms.