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The combined elite firm will offer innovative, diverse services throughout an expanded geographical footprint.

May 7, 2024 — Murtha Cullina LLP, a leading legal presence in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and Harris Beach PLLC, an accomplished firm with a strong presence across New York and the TriState area, today announced a planned combination for the creation of one firm. This new combined firm, which will be a powerhouse in the region’s legal industry, will be known as Harris Beach Murtha.

Harris Beach and Murtha Cullina are each leading law firms in their respective geographies and offer complementary services. Together, Harris Beach Murtha will offer greater strength and reach throughout an expanded geographical footprint on the Northeast Corridor and throughout upstate and Western New York, accelerating the growth strategy of both firms. The combination will create more robust capabilities to meet and exceed clients’ needs and support them as they navigate increasingly complex legal and regulatory environments.

The synergies between the two law firms will benefit clients of both firms through a significantly increased knowledge base and expanded service areas. Together, Harris Beach Murtha will have more than 250 attorneys across 15 offices in several states, and more than 250 years of combined legal experience.

Harris Beach serves clients throughout New York State and across the nation. The firm has offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Saratoga Springs, Albany, White Plains, Long Island and New York City, as well as New Haven, CT, Washington D.C. and Newark, NJ. Murtha Cullina serves clients throughout New England and across the United States. The firm has offices in Boston, MA, Stamford, New Haven and Hartford, CT and White Plains, NY.

Harris Beach and Murtha Cullina will continue to operate as separate, independent entities until the combination has been completed, and both firms are committed to ensuring clients continue to receive high-quality, focused services throughout this process. During this period, Chris Jagel, CEO of Harris Beach, and Andy Corea, Managing Partner of Murtha Cullina, will co-lead an interim advisory committee.

Andy I. Corea, Murtha Cullina Managing Partner, said: “We are excited by this strategic opportunity to combine the strengths of our two firms, expanding our geographic reach, broadening the scope of our services, and deepening our bench of experienced attorneys to offer a more comprehensive suite of legal services to our clients.”

Chris Jagel, Harris Beach CEO, said: “This Harris Beach Murtha combination is an exciting, transformational move and proof of our investment in our clients. Both firms have a long history of excellence and client-driven growth in our respective markets and are well-aligned culturally and with many of the same practice areas. The combination will enable us to extend our reach to provide even more diverse and innovative services and capabilities over a larger geographic footprint.”

Consummation of the proposed combination is subject to customary conditions, including a vote of the Partners of each firm to approve the Operating Agreement for the combined entity. The vote is expected to take place in the next several months, with the Operating Agreement effective January 1, 2025, pending completion of all necessary reviews and closing conditions.