A fast-growing West Coast law firm is opening a Pittsburgh office. In fact, Victor Rane is setting up shop on both sides of Pennsylvania after hiring a five-lawyer group from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis who focus on aviation law.
Each of those attorneys is based in a different city; among them is Robert Williams, who is based in Pittsburgh.
Richard Lazenby, who founded litigation boutique Victor Rane in 2018 in Beverly Hills, confirmed to the Business Times on Monday that it is finalizing a lease for brick and mortar space in Pittsburgh, most likely this week.
“Mr. Williams will lead that office and is in the process of hiring another attorney in Pittsburgh,” Lazenby said via email.
Williams chaired the aviation practice at Schnader for the past eight years and had joined that firm in 2003. He works with aircraft and component manufacturers, airlines, air taxi, on-demand and fixed base operators, repair stations, airports and aviation insurers. Williams also represents nonaviation entities and individuals in a range of commercial and business litigation.
I anticipate that law firms will continue to offer remote working arrangements, especially to partners whose practices are a strong fit with the firm,” said Lori Carpenter, president of Pittsburgh-based recruitment firm Carpenter Legal Search. “Remote working has offered more flexibility for firms looking to either build on a practice area strength or to establish a Pittsburgh presence without opening a physical office, if only to test the water first. It makes sense. It enables firms to grow their practices with partners who are well known in a specific industry or field without incurring that overhead.
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