SARASOTA, FL - Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP has announced the opening of its fifth office, located in Sarasota, Florida, effective August 1, 2009, with the hiring of 29 attorneys and more than 40 legal professionals and staff most recently employed by Abel Band, Chartered. With this new office, Shumaker, a National Law Journal 250 law firm, increases its total number of attorneys to 215 in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. Taken together with Shumaker's 60 attorney Tampa office, Shumaker now has 89 attorneys on the West Coast of Florida, making it one of the largest law firms in the region.
The opening of Shumaker's Sarasota office illustrates the firm's confidence in Southwest Florida's regional economy. The full-service firm brings a valuable depth of industry knowledge and resources to the Sarasota market. Clients of the firm in Sarasota will now have access to attorneys practicing in areas of the law commonly available only in large metropolitan markets.
Ernie Marquart, Managing Partner of Shumaker's Tampa office remarked, "Our strategic positioning of a Sarasota office is the result of a plan carefully formulated by our firm and the former Abel Band attorneys who are joining us. We are pleased to invest in the future of Sarasota and its business and cultural communities. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is committed to continuing the long-standing values established and maintained by the attorneys from Abel Band."
"On behalf of the attorneys and staff of our former law firm, we are proud to be associated with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as it enters this market as the largest national and regional law firm in greater Sarasota and Manatee counties," said Jan Walters Pitchford, former Managing Shareholder of Abel Band, Chartered.
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Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service law firm with 215 attorneys practicing in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina.