Tydings & Rosenberg absorbs Kaplan, Heyman 60-lawyer firm to be at 100 E. Pratt

Law firms

October 02, 1998|By Sean Somerville | Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF

Two old-line Maryland law firms yesterday said that they have combined their practices in an attempt to offer clients a wider range of legal services.

The merging of Tydings & Rosenberg LLP and Kaplan, Heyman, Greenberg, Engleman & Belgard PA, both in Baltimore, will create a firm of about 60 lawyers under the Tydings & Rosenberg banner.

"This combination provides the depth and breadth to serve clients who need a firm large enough to handle the widest array of legal matters -- from antitrust to zoning -- without the bureaucracy and overhead of a mega-firm," said J. Hardin Marion, managing partner of Tydings & Rosenberg.

Searle E. Mitnick, executive vice president of Kaplan, Heyman, said the deal combines the business transaction strengths of his firm with Tydings' litigation strengths. "When we looked at how the practices might complement each other, it really looked like it would be a good fit," he said.

Terms of the combination were not disclosed. The firm will be housed at Tydings' offices on the top floors of 100 E. Pratt St. Kaplan, Heyman will move out of its offices at 20 S. Charles St. over the next month.

The combination comes at a time when Baltimore firms are taking a variety of steps to equip themselves to capture business in an increasingly competitive atmosphere. Within the last month, Weinberg & Green LLC announced its merger with Philadelphia-based Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul LLP; and Venable, Baetjer and Howard LLP absorbed the Washington-based intellectual property law firm of Spencer & Frank.

Combining the two firms was made easier by their acquaintance with each other. They have practiced a few blocks from one another for almost 70 years.

Tydings & Rosenberg -- and its predecessor firms -- has been in business since 1930. Millard Tydings, who served as a U.S. senator from 1928 to 1952, and Morris Rosenberg founded the firm under its current name in 1958. Tydings has about 40 lawyers. Kaplan, Heymann has represented Maryland businesses and families for more than 75 years. It employs about 17 attorneys.

The firms said Tydings & Rosenberg has been known primarily for commercial litigation and its handling of business transactions for local, regional and international businesses. Kaplan, Heyman has relationships with real estate developers and expertise in estate and trust and family law.

"We're telling our clients they are going to get same attention and level of service but that we will be in an environment that offers more services and different practice areas," Mitnick said.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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