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Legal Merger Shows Rise in Criminal Defense Status
Legal Merger Shows Rise in Criminal Defense Status

New York Times; June 30, 2013

There once was a time when most of New York’s top law firms shunned criminal defense work, turning up their noses at assignments they viewed as unprofitable and déclassé.

Out of this void emerged an elite corps of small firms that specialized in defending corporate executives and Wall Street financiers under government scrutiny. The lawyers at these firms relished representing the accused, and did not mind scuffing up their white shoes while butting heads with prosecutors.

On Monday, one of those lawyers, Charles A. Stillman, will announce that his firm, Stillman & Friedman, has combined with Ballard Spahr, an old-line Philadelphia firm looking to enter the New York market and expand its criminal defense practice. Reflecting the strength of the Stillman & Friedman brand, Ballard’s New York office will be called Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman.

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