The Memphis office of workplace law firm Jackson Lewis LLP is on a tear. The firm has brought four new attorneys, for example, on board since December. That brings the current total to nine – up from three when the firm opened its doors here in 2008.
Jim Mulroy, managing partner of the local office, is still looking for more. He’s got a wish list that calls for adding attorneys in specific legal niches, and he also hints that expanding the firm’s geographic footprint in Tennessee may be in the cards soon.
“Jim Stock joined us in November, and Carrie Kinsella and Robbin Hutton came over in December,” Mulroy said, listing the three that preceded the addition a few weeks ago of veteran employment attorney Greg Grisham as partner.
When Jackson Lewis first came on the scene in Memphis, the firm was envisioning a 10-attorney office, thinking that was a good size for the area.
Four years later, the firm is almost there.
“We’re pretty close to where we’d planned on being,” Mulroy said. “One of the first things I wanted to do was diversify us and get more kinds of lawyers here. (Partner) John Norris and I and some of the other folks were basically regulatory litigator kinds of lawyers. I really wanted to get a labor lawyer in here, and that’s what we did with Jim Stock.
“Robbin also has some labor experience behind her. And about the same time in November when Jim came, I was able to get David Jones back from Las Vegas.”
“We’re pretty close to where we’d planned on being. One of the first things I wanted to do was diversify us and get more kinds of lawyers here.”
–Jim Mulroy, Managing partner, Memphis office of Jackson Lewis LLP
Jones was a partner with the firm in Las Vegas who has ties to the area and who practices exclusively in immigration law.
In Memphis, Jackson Lewis started off with basically a few generalist litigators and regulatory-type lawyers but now has almost a full complement of attorneys with different areas of specialty.
Not that there still isn’t room for more. Mulroy still sees plenty of need around labor and union issues, OSHA issues and disability concerns.
“I don’t think the market’s absorbed all the new (Americans With Disabilities Act) issues yet,” Mulroy said. “And I think we’re going to see more of these niche kinds of practices that we’re going to start trying to develop into more. Like in the medical and hospital areas, for example. Doctors are going to be needing a lot more legal advice than they have in the past. That’s where I see this going.”
He also sees “it” going perhaps east.
Mulroy’s caveat is that it “remains to be seen,” but he said the firm could see movement into Nashville in the next year or so.
“Right now, we don’t have an attorney there,” he said.