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April 15, 2011 2:07 PM

Gonzalez Saggio Snags Yoss Remnants for Boston Opening

Posted by Brian Baxter

The nation has a new largest minority-owned law firm.

Milwaukee-based Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan can officially lay claim to that mantle after the demise of Adorno & Yoss last month. The firm announced on Thursday the opening of a new office in Boston with the hire of five former Adorno & Yoss lawyers.

The new hires include Boston office partner-in-charge Ferdinand "Fred" Alvaro, Jr., and partners Judith Melideo-Preble, Kenneth Whittaker, and William Parker. John Molloy, Jr., joins Gonzalez Saggio as of counsel. The group, which represents the bulk of Adorno & Yoss's old Boston office, gives 130-lawyer Gonzalez Saggio 18 offices across the country.

Adorno & Yoss was once considered the nation's largest minority-owned firm, but that was before former name partner Henry "Hank" Adorno had his law license suspended last year, forcing the firm to rebrand itself as Yoss LLP.

After several months of mounting financial difficulties and partner defections--Yoss LLP owed $8 million to Wells Fargo, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review--the firm finally dissolved in mid-March. At the times of the firm's dissolution, Yoss LLP had about 124 remaining lawyers. Many have begun the process of finding new homes.

Hinshaw & Culbertson announced this week that it had brought on eight former Yoss LLP lawyers--five of them partners--to its current offices in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Other lawyers from the firm have joined Roetzel & Andress and Fort Lauderdale shop Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Keechl.

With Gonzalez Saggio moving up to the top spot after Yoss LLP's demise, Princeton-based Wong Fleming becomes the nation's second-largest women and minority-owned firm, according to this recent story by the New Jersey Law Journal, a sibling publication.

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