By Zack Needles
Of the Legal Staff
Scranton, Pa.-based general practice firm Myers Brier & Kelly has announced a merger with three-lawyer, Philadelphia-based nonprofit law boutique Lundy & Flynn.
While the merger became official on Jan. 1, the two firms made the announcement last week.
The combined firm, which now has 14 lawyers, has continued under the Myers Brier & Kelly name.
"We had been working closely with many Myers Brier & Kelly attorneys," said Joseph E. Lundy, a founding partner of Lundy & Flynn and now a partner at Myers Brier. "They still have a very strong nonprofit practice within two or three other practice groups. We were being asked to work with them on a number of matters in Northeast Pennsylvania, in particular."
Lundy said the move has been mutually beneficial because his former firm, which did most of its work in federal courts, gives Myers Brier a more national practice, and Myers Brier gives the former Lundy & Flynn lawyers a bigger base and a wider statewide presence.
"We concluded that one and one would equal three and not just two," he said.
According to Lundy, the nonprofit law practice remained "very steady" throughout the recession.
"Nonprofits do have issues with the economy going one way or another. In some ways, they need to turn up their game in a way that’s different than for-profits," he said, explaining that nonprofits don't typically have the ability to reduce manufacturing or services in a down economy.
"They need, more so than for-profits, to find ways to work through it and we help them do that."