Weiss Law Search is pleased to have assisted in combining the Tampa Law Firm of Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady, P.A. with the Law Firm of Burr & Forman LLP
Tampa, Fla., Sept. 28, 2012 – Burr & Forman LLP announced today, effective October 1, that it will combine with Tampa law firm Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady, P.A. The combination marks Burr & Forman’s entrance into the Tampa market, following the addition of a Fort Lauderdale office in April, and complements the firm’s growing presence in Orlando. With the addition of 23 attorneys from Williams Schifino, Burr & Forman now has a total of 55 attorneys across Florida, and 277 firm wide across nine offices in five Southeastern states.
“It is always our practice to listen to our clients’ needs, and the launches of each of our offices throughout the Southeast have been a direct result of feedback from clients,” explained William Lee Thuston, managing partner of Burr & Forman. “This combination with Williams Schifino is no exception; strategically, expansion into the Tampa market is the perfect solution for our banking and financial institutions clients who desire local legal counsel. Williams Schifino is in its prime: the firm is fiscally sound, and this combination provides a number of mutual benefits for both firms’ clients. Burr & Forman’s Southeastern footprint now includes deep coverage across Florida, with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, and we look forward to continued growth in these markets.”
All 46 employees, including 23 attorneys, from Williams Schifino combine with Burr & Forman today. The Tampa office’s many practices complement Burr & Forman’s existing business and litigation services.
“Our entire firm is excited about the opportunities this combination provides us,” said William J. Schifino, Jr., who becomes Burr & Forman’s Tampa office managing partner and previously served as managing director of Williams Schifino. “After discussions with our clients, we determined that they would best be served if we joined forces with a Southeastern powerhouse that offers full-service legal support with a wider geographic market presence.”
“Williams Schifino enjoys a long-standing legacy in the Tampa community, including a commitment to the legal profession as well as charitable and civic organizations,” added Thuston. “The attorneys’ leadership and enthusiasm around these causes are qualities we embody at Burr & Forman, making this combination attractive from a cultural standpoint as well as a client-service perspective.”