Norristown’s High Swartz, one of Montgomery County’s largest and oldest law firms, has acquired Doylestown’s McNamara Bolla & Panzer, writes Jeff Blumenthal of the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The combined firm will maintain the High Swartz name.
High Swartz Managing Partner Joel Rosen told Blumenthal that McNamara Bolla & Panzer will add personal injury, Social Security disability, and workers’ compensation claimant and defense work to his firm’s skill set while expanding its existing trusts and estates practice.
Rosen, the former NutriSystem managing partner who became managing partner when Paul Baker Bartle left in 2012, said the union of the two firms began when McNamara Bolla & Panzer was looking to add a family lawyer.
High Swartz has several, so Thomas Panzer, the managing partner at McNamara Bolla & Panzer, met with Rosen to pick his brain. The two quickly realized there were some synergies between the two firms and no serious client conflicts.
According to Blumenthal, Panzer will be the only McNamara Bolla lawyer joining High Swartz as a partner and will manage the Doylestown location. The firm’s other name partners, James McNamara and William Bolla, will be joining in senior counsel roles while the other lawyers are associate level.
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