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April 26, 2011 7:12 PM

Fulbright Opens in Pittsburgh, Duane Morris Closes in Princeton

Posted by Brian Baxter

Fulbright & Jaworski announced Tuesday it is opening an office in Pittsburgh after snagging six energy lawyers specializing in Marcellus Shale work from K&L Gates.

Joining Fulbright are partners Kenneth Komoroski, Jeremy Mercer, and Amy Barrette, counsel Matthew Sepp, and associates Megan Smith Miller and Emily Thomas. (Barrette was previously of counsel at K&L Gates.)

The hires are an effort by Fulbright to break in to the lucrative Marcellus Shale market, the shale formation extending throughout much of the Appalachian Basin that has recently spawned a cottage industry of lateral moves by firms seeking clients in the oil and gas industry.

The Legal Intelligencer, a sibling publication based in Philadelphia, has its own collection of stories about how the Marcellus Shale is affecting large law firms in Pennsylvania.

The Intelligencer reported on Tuesday that Duane Morris will close its 15-lawyer Princeton office in September. Five of the firm's lawyers in Princeton also practice out of other offices. A Duane Morris spokesman told The Intelligencer that attorneys affected by the closure will have the option of transferring to Newark, Cherry Hill, N.J., or the firm's headquarters in Philadelphia. No decisions have yet been made on staffers.

Duane Morris made the decision to shutter its Princeton operation because of the close geographic proximity of its other offices that can serve clients based in northern and southern New Jersey, The Intelligencer reports.

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