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Monday, July 2, 2007

Six Mansfield, Tanick and Cohen lawyers set sail for Hinshaw

An anonymous comment on this blog made a cryptic reference to a “mutiny” taking place at Mansfield, Tanick and Cohen. While a group of six (possibly seven) lawyers is indeed leaving that firm for a new one, nobody has been seen walking the plank, according to firm CEO Earl Cohen.

“When I see the word mutiny, I think of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ – the crew trying to get rid of the captain,” said Cohen. “That’s not what’s happened at all. We haven’t lost any of our mature, long-term talent.”

Thomas Wallrich and Steve Silton, longtime shareholders in the firm, are leaving to join the Minneapolis office of Chicago-based law firm Hinshaw and Culbertson, along with four of the firm’s associates.

One of Wallrich’s primary clients, Brookfield Properties, will be going with him to Hinshaw and Culbertson. Cohen said many of the other clients to leave will be Minnesota community banks.

“We’re pretty much on the same page as far as where clients are going to go,” said Cohen. “We don’t believe in these battles that take place in firms about which files are going to go with a departing attorney.”

Going with the two shareholders will be associates Peter Crema, Heather Marx, Jamie Pierce, and Kristi Adair Zentner, along with a handful of support staff. Cohen said a fifth associate might also be leaving, but that hasn’t been finalized yet.

Cohen said Wallrich and Silton will be missed, but that the firm is in good health.

“They’re both rainmakers, no question about that,” he said. “But we’re in the midst of bringing in some major new clients in the technology industry. The firm from an overall business standpoint has probably never been stronger.”

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