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Carlton Fields gains 70 lawyers in merger

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Published:   |   Updated: October 8, 2013 at 02:04 PM

TAMPA — One of the Tampa area’s biggest law firms, Carlton Fields, will add more than 70 lawyers as it merges with another firm.

Carlton Fields, which has its corporate office in Tampa, expects to merge with the Jorden Burt LLP firm at the beginning of next year. Carlton Fields currently has about 300 attorneys and government consultants around Florida and in Atlanta and New York.

With the merger, it picks up more than 70 lawyers in Washington, D.C., Miami and Hartford, Conn. Both firms have national practices in class-action defense and high-stakes litigation, giving the two companies a natural fit, Carlton Fields Chief Executive Officer Gary Sasso said.

Carlton Fields’ core practice areas also include healthcare, white-collar defense and government investigations and corporate law. A major focus on the Jorden Burt firm is financial services, a news release said.

The newly merged firm’s name will be Carlton Fields Jorden Burt for a transition period after the merger.

Tribune reporter Michael Sasso is not related to Carlton Fields CEO Gary Sasso.

msasso@tampatrib.com

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