May 01, 2018

A big decision for any midsize law firm is how to manage their geographic footprint, and the firm identity that goes along with that—stay centralized in one city, go regional, or open a few offices in key markets across the country?

A big decision for any midsize law firm is how to manage their geographic footprint, and the firm identity that goes along with that—stay centralized in one city, go regional, or open a few offices in key markets across the country?

Of course, a major part of that question is the overhead that goes into running a fully operational law office. But that’s a non-issue for a growing segment of the midsize legal market: cloud-based law firms.

A Growing Niche

It’s common to see a lawyer who starts their career as a prosecutor move into private practice on the defense side. But Florida lawyer Takisha Richardson recently made her own move to a midsize law firm so she could continue representing victims of sexual assault, as part of a niche practice her new firm is building.

Richardson recently joined the Palm Beach Gardens office of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, a 90-lawyer plaintiffs’ firm with locations in Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina. She told Celia Ampel of the Daily Business Review that she made the move in order to expand her work for victims to reach beyond the Palm Beach area.

Richardson is now part of the law firm’s sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and domestic violence team, a relatively new niche practice. Partner Michael Dolce leads the group, and he joined Cohen Milstein in 2015, bringing along a practice he had built at a smaller firm.

While Cohen Milstein has practiced in this area for a few years now, several law firms have recently launched practices dedicated to or related to sexual misconduct, oftentimes in the context of investigations.

The complete article can be accessed here.