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Ulmer & Berne LLP today announced the addition of Kaufman & Co. to its litigation practice. The combination will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Approved by the Ulmer partnership in mid-November, the combination with the firm led by Steven S. Kaufman also gives Ulmer offices in New York and Washington D.C., key East Coast markets where the firm already has significant client business. For Kaufman & Co., the transition is expected to provide valuable bench strength and a larger, full-service platform.

“We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to add a group of such high-caliber, high-profile trial attorneys,” Ulmer Managing Partner Scott P. Kadish said in a statement. “We, like everyone else in the Ohio legal community and beyond, have known and respected Steve Kaufman and his colleagues for many years. The combination of his firm and ours elevates our already outstanding client-focused litigation capabilities to an even higher level.”

In addition to Kaufman & Co.’s 10 attorneys, Ulmer will also gain the firm’s New York and Washington D.C. offices, giving it seven office locations across the Midwest, East Coast, and Florida.