With nearly 600 attorneys practicing across 19 offices coast to
coast serving clients in various industries, Fox Rothschild doesn't
put all of its eggs in one basket. And as the firm continues to
grow, it is building an impressive client list along the way.
Sly Like a Fox-Who Wants to Open a Lot of
Founded in 1907, Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild has grown to
be a well-established player in the business, corporate and
securities, entertainment, labor and employment, real estate,
creditors' rights, litigation and estates law fields. Fox
Rothschild's client list includes private entities like Wells
Fargo, Walmart and MLB.
Fox recently re-elected its firmwide managing partner Mark Silow
and co-chairmen Philip Griffin and Abraham Reich to their fourth
consecutive three-year terms. In their first nine years, the
executive team has grown the firm from almost 300 lawyers in 10
offices to one with almost 600 attorneys in 19 offices across the
country. That growth has included the following:
- The firm absorbed a 50-lawyer labor and employment boutique in
New Jersey in 2006 and broadened its West Coast horizons by merging
with Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, adding offices in Las Vegas,
Los Angeles and San Francisco.
- Fox strengthened its international reach in 2007 by merging
with a Manhattan boutique that added high net-worth individual
clients as well as Asian business connections.
- Fox opened a Washington, DC office in 2010 with the addition of
three attorneys. The following year, it moved to a new and larger
office location to accommodate growth.
- The firm entered the Denver market in 2012 and expanded that
office's capabilities in 2013 with a merger with Lottner Rubin
Fishman Saul, P.C.
- Fox bolstered its presence in the San Francisco region in
January 2014 through a merger with MBV Law LLP.
In an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal,
Mark Silow noted that, "We continue to focus on midmarket
clientele, and it's completely compatible with our growth strategy.
When you look around the country, there really isn't another firm
like ours. We're seeing more Fortune 1000 clients identify
themselves as midmarket." When asked his priorities for his next
term, Mark stated that he would like to increase the number of
lawyers in every office from 25 to 30. "Right now we have five or
six [out of 19] that have not achieved that. We also have a few
practice areas that we would like to grow."
Chalk Boardwalk Empires
In addition to its more mainstream departments, Fox Rothschild
has developed experience in niche practices, including
entertainment, fashion and casino law.
Capitalizing on the brand-building revolution taking place in
the entertainment industry, the firm's entertainment attorneys
devise strategies for celebrities and businesses, including Tracey
Edmonds, Thunderbird Films, Inc., NeNe Leakes and Angela Bassett,
to develop and capitalize their brands using a variety of delivery
platforms and digital media outlets.
Fox attorneys have also been associated with numerous well-known
and award-winning television programs, motion pictures and music
releases. In 2014, Fox joined in the festivities of the 56th annual
Grammy Awards by hosting a pre-Grammy party. Darrell Miller, chair
of the Entertainment Law Department at Fox, led a panel discussion
on "The Legal and Business Issues Behind the Second Screen,"
featuring NeNe Leakes, who was joined by Benny Fine and Maria
Pacheco. The firm hosted a rooftop party afterward at The London
West Hollywood, drawing more than 300 entertainment
In the realm of fashion law, Fox attorneys represent
manufacturers, importers, designers and retailers. The firm's
attorneys stay on the cutting edge of the industry through ongoing
involvement in trade associations, writing articles and speaking on
legal issues affecting the industry. Fox's fashion law attorneys
have run garment businesses and handled everything from hiring to
supply chain, operations and imports, allowing them to gain an
inside perspective of the industry and to offer strategic solutions
for the legal challenges that can affect products, business
operations and profitability. Staci Jennifer Riordan, chair of the
firm's Fashion Law practice, was named executive director of Loyola
Law School's new Fashion Law Project in 2014. Riordan was
instrumental in developing the project, which is the first of its
kind on the West Coast. A unique academic center dedicated to
advancing the practice of fashion law, the program will feature
innovative curricular offerings, practical-training opportunities
and topical symposia.
On the gaming front, Fox Rothschild's casino department
represented MGM Resorts International through the process of
obtaining a license for a new proposed casino, with an estimated
cost in excess of $800 million, to be located in Prince George's
County, Maryland. The firm also represented MGM through the process
of obtaining a finding of suitability for a proposed casino in
Springfield, Massachusetts. MGM's anticipated project, if approved,
is estimated to cost in excess of $800 million. Fox's gaming
attorneys also served as regulatory counsel to the
Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils in a deal with partypoker
to become the first major U.S.-based professional sports teams to
sign an online gaming sponsorship deal. The firm's attorneys have
also helped obtain casino and liquor licenses for big names in the
restaurant industry like Wolfgang Puck, Hard Rock Cafe and PF
Chang's China Bistro.
Ties to the Public Arena
Patrick Murphy, a partner in the firm, was named the host of
"Taking the Hill," a one-hour monthly show on MSNBC dedicated to
veterans and the issues they face navigating their postwar lives.
The show airs live from 30 Rockefeller Center on the fourth Sunday
of each month. Guests so far this year have included Montel
Williams, Martin Sheen and Marie Tillman. Murphy was the first Iraq
veteran elected to Congress and is a member of the West Point Board
of Visitors. He is the author of the bill repealing the Defense
Department's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and helped lead passage
of the 21st Century GI Bill as well as the passage of the largest
increase in veterans' benefits in the history of the nation. He
also helped to deliver the National Veterans Cemetery to Bucks
County, Pennsylvania, for 350,000 veterans in Southeastern