Fox Rothschild said today that it would acquire eight attorneys from intellectual property boutique Synnestvedt & Lechner.
The boutique’s managing partner, Joseph F. Posillico, will join the firm as a partner along with Gary Hecht and Richard Woodbridge. Alexis Barron, Charles Lindrooth and Tara Rachinsky will join as special counsel and Jimmie Johnson and Perry Fonseca will join as associates. Two patent agents, four paralegals, a docket clerk and six assistants will also join.
The firms said they are discussing the possibility of several other Synnestvedt & Lechner attorneys making the move to Fox Rothschild. There are currently 15 attorneys listed on the firm’s Web site, including the eight that are joining Fox Rothschild. Of the attorneys not currently making the move, two are partners, four are of counsel and one is an associate.
The new attorneys will practice for a time out of Synnestvedt’s current offices at 1101 Market St. in Philadelphia and 112 Nassau St. in Princeton but will eventually work out of Fox Rothschild’s offices in those cities.
The boutique has seen some departures of several partners, most recently with the move of partner Joseph D. Rossi to Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. Four partners left for Saul Ewing a few months ago, and the firm laid off seven support staff not long after.
The addition brings Fox Rothschild’s intellectual property group to 40 attorneys.
“Synnestvedt & Lechner’s practice is particularly strong in the chemical and electrical areas of patent work,” Gerard P. Norton, chairman of Fox Rothschild’s intellectual property department, said in a statement. “This is a good complement to the existing Fox Rothschild practice, which is especially strong in the life-science fields of biotechnology, pharma, and medical devices.”
Read more about the combination in Wednesday’s Legal.
--Gina Passarella, Senior Staff Reporter