Akron's Brouse McDowell acquires fellow NE Ohio law firm Thacker Robinson Zinz
Jul 27, 2018
Brouse McDowell managing partner Marc Merklin
Akron-based law firm Brouse McDowell has acquired Thacker Robinson Zinz , with the firms joining together effective July 31. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. TRZ will add a dozen lawyers to Brouse, which will now include a bench of 82 lawyers in five offices. TRZ adds offices to Brouse in Toledo and Naples, Fla. TRZ's Cleveland office will join with Brouse's office there at a future date. Its other locations are in Akron, Brouse's headquarters, and Youngstown. In terms of practices, the deal grows Brouse's footprint in the insurance recovery space in particular with 25 of its attorneys focused on that area. It also expands coverage in commercial litigation. The firm indicated in a news release that creating a "formidable" presence in insurance recovery both in Ohio and nationally was a perk of the deal. "The combination of the lawyers of these two firms creates the largest and most sophisticated insurance recovery group representing the interests of policyholders in the state of Ohio, with lawyers who are also capable of and engaged in a national practice," said Brouse managing partner Marc Merklin in a statement. "Combined with our existing full service business model serving large and midsize businesses, in a variety of industries including manufacturing and health care, this solidifies our presence in this market." The firm has been an active lateral acquirer in the past. Its last deal involved acquiring Nadler Nadler and Burdman Co. LPA of Canfield in December 2016. Marguerite Zinz, president of TRZ, a majority women-owned firm founded in 2010, said the firm had been approached several times about an acquisition over the years, but Brouse "made the most sense professionally and culturally." "Through the insurance recovery practice, TRZ and Brouse have known each other, and sometimes worked together, for quite some time," he said. "This combination is a very natural fit for that practice while also allowing both firms to strengthen and expand the services they offer to clients in other areas." Brouse ranked as the 10th-largest law firm in Northeast Ohio in the 2018 Crain's Book of Lists. MORNING ROUNDUP
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