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LeClairRyan and Kaplan Voekler Enter Alliance to Ramp Up Client Service

Innovative approach gives clients access to unique strengths of both law firms.

The national law firm LeClairRyan and Richmond-based Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank (KVCF) today announced an alliance geared toward ramping up client service at both firms by leveraging their mutual strengths.

“This new client service alliance gives KVCF clients access to LeClairRyan’s national network of approximately 320 attorneys, practicing in 80 areas, resident in 27 offices nationwide,” noted Robert R. Kaplan, Jr., KCVF’s Managing Partner for Practices. “As a boutique, we enjoy a unique reputation across the nation in commercial real estate, securities, alternatives and lower mid-market M&A, as well as having complex practices in other areas regionally. But issues of size and specific areas beyond our practices do arise, where an alliance partner like LeClairRyan will be valuable. For example, litigation for our national clientele pops up all the time. Having access to those resources and LeClairRyan’s extended geographic reach obviously amplifies the service offering we can provide to our clients.”

Already, clients at KVCF have benefitted by working with LeClairRyan attorneys on subjects such as ERISA, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights and international intellectual property issues, Kaplan noted.

In turn, LeClairRyan clients gain access to the experience of veteran attorneys at Kaplan Voekler in several practice areas, noted Vernon E. Inge, Jr., a shareholder in LeClairRyan’s downtown Richmond office and leader of the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. “While well known for its government relations and economic development consulting practice, KVCF’s national transaction practices have unique experience and capabilities, including, but not limited to, experience with the independent retail brokerage community, REITs, Regulation A and other alternative investment vehicles,” Inge noted.

“This alliance will serve our respective clients well by allowing each of us to streamline the process of getting the need matched to the right professional, while maintaining a continuity of institutional knowledge about the client necessary to provide effective representation,” explained Kaplan.

Inge added: “Modern legal practice requires us to move beyond the ‘one client, one firm’ model. By establishing this alliance, both firms recognize that the most effective path to success is to constantly innovate and improve our approach to client services.”