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Carlton Fields opens NJ location with 5 Bressler attorneys

National firm Carlton Fields has opened its first New Jersey office in Short Hills.

The office launched with five commercial and insurance litigators, joining from Florham Park firm Bressler, Amery & Ross P.C.

Robert Novack and Michael Margulies join as shareholders. Charles Stotter joins as of counsel and Christina Gallo and J. Emma Mintz join as associates.

“We always look for an opportunity to have quality lawyers whose practices will add the depth and expertise to our bench. Bob and his team’s practice adds that depth and breadth, and is very complementary of our existing practice with regard to insurance and our national trial practice,” said Steven Brodie, Carlton Fields shareholder and co-chair of its property and casualty insurance group.

Novack spent the last eight years at Bressler, and prior to that he was at national firm Edwards Wildman Palmer.

“The resources here at Carlton Fields, its depth of experience and its national footprint, were things I really needed to grow my practice and our practice,” Novack said of the move. “Carlton Fields and I overlap on clients, so our practices were totally complementary. One of [my team’s] areas of expertise is insurance and Carlton Fields is an essential player in the space.”

The firm plans to settle into a more permanent space in Florham Park soon.

“It appears that the excitement has not only generated interest for clients but we’ve been approached by a lot of new clients who have been interested in our growth in the northeast,” Brodie said. “That’ll give us a lot of new opportunities in the future.”

Gabrielle Saulsbery
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