Following the addition of redevelopment attorneys Brian Nelson and Kira Dabby as partners at Spiro Harrison’s Red Bank office, the boutique law firm announced Nov. 1 it changed its name to Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC.
Prior to joining Spiro Harrison & Nelson, Nelson was the founding managing partner of Archer & Greiner’s Red Bank office and chair of the firm’s State and Local Law Government group.
His practice is focused on representing public, private and nonprofit corporations in relation to redevelopment, public-private partnerships, economic development, and governmental and regulatory affairs matters throughout the state.
Over the past decade, Nelson has represented some of the largest local public entities in the state, including the Township of Middletown, the City of Hackensack, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency and the City of Newark in varying capacities. He’s also received numerous recognitions, including being named to NJBIZ’s Forty Under 40 list of New Jersey’s most accomplished young business people.
In a statement, Nelson said, “It’s gratifying to join a team of exceptionally talented and agile attorneys capable of handling complex legal matters.”
“In its short history, this firm has become known for its sophisticated and creative approach to some of the most challenging legal representations. I look forward to continuing the growth of Spiro Harrison & Nelson and to continuing to serve its clients with the winning combination of big law experience and outstanding responsiveness that they expect,” he added.
Jason Spiro, founding partner, described Nelson as “one of the state’s preeminent redevelopment attorneys representing both public and private clients on many complex projects.”
“We’re thrilled to have someone of Brian’s caliber and experience join our firm as a named partner as we expand the scope of services the firm offers,” Spiro said.
Dabby, an experienced litigator and redevelopment attorney, joins Spiro Harrison & Nelson from Archer, where she was a partner in the State and Local Government Affairs group. She concentrates her practice in municipal law, redevelopment law, governmental defense litigation and complex commercial litigation.
A Harvard Law School graduate and former Big Law litigator, she has broad litigation, trial and arbitration experience in matters of public entity liability, natural resource damages, employment discrimination, redevelopment law, defamation, fraud and complex business disputes. Prior to Archer, Dabby practiced commercial litigation at Latham & Watkins, where she played a lead role in defending one of the first natural resource damage actions to go to trial in the United States.
Founding partner David Harrison praised Dabby, saying, “She has obtained numerous victories on behalf of clients at trial and on appeal and her passion for defending clients’ interests matches her strong intellect and legal expertise.”
Dabby said, “I’m excited to join a firm that has the talent and expertise to tackle the most complex types of litigation while still providing personal attention to each and every client. I look forward to contributing to Spiro Harrison & Nelson’s strong growth in the years to come.”
Spiro Harrison & Nelson, which also has offices in Short Hills, Manhattan, Montclair and Miami, specializes in complex litigation and outside general counsel services with a focus on emerging and midsized businesses.