McCarter & English, SorinRand To Join Forces; Combined Law Firm Pre-Eminent In Technology And Venture Capital Communities

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 13:04

SorinRand, leading advisor to early-stage and emerging-growth companies in technology and tech-enabled industries and the investors who support them, is joining forces with McCarter & English. The transaction, which becomes effective October 1, will give the combined firm nine offices and approximately 425 attorneys. It will continue to be known as McCarter & English.

David J. Sorin, managing partner of SorinRand, who will become managing partner of McCarter’s new East Brunswick office and the head of McCarter’s expanded Venture Capital and Early Stage and Emerging Companies practice, said McCarter’s size and capabilities will bring its clients expertise for which they currently need to look elsewhere. The combined firm will be able to counsel clients on virtually every issue they face throughout their life cycle, from conception to exit events, he said.

The SorinRand attorneys coming to McCarter include 11 corporate, three intellectual property, two employment and one litigation lawyer. The SorinRand attorneys will practice from the East Brunswick location, where that firm has been located for five years, and from McCarter’s New York office.

The combination with SorinRand continues McCarter’s growth trend, firm-wide and particularly in its corporate and intellectual property practices. “This speaks to smart growth the way Miller Balis & O’Neil spoke to our commitment to grow intelligently in energy law,” said Howard Kailes, leader of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group and chair of its growth committee, referring to the firm’s combination in February with the 14-lawyer, Washington, D.C.-based energy boutique.

McCarter, one of the oldest law firms in the country and with a reputation for being a litigation powerhouse, has seen its corporate practice double in the last two years, with the SorinRand transaction following substantial growth in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the firm’s intellectual property practice has doubled over the last four years to include 105 attorneys, patent agents and technical specialists, of whom 29 hold PhDs.