Carmody & Torrance Joins Forces With Mid-Sized Stamford Firm

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Jay H. Sandak, Ann H. Zucker, Brian T. Henebry and William J. Hennessey, Jr.

All told, the total employee headcount will be 145.

Jay Sandak, who founded the Sandak Hennessey with three lawyers in 1990, said joining forces with Carmody will benefit the Stamford firm's clients.

"We have broadened the service that we can offer our clients with a deeper bench of trial lawyers and with the sophisticated financial and business transactions practice of the Carmody attorneys," Sandak said. "At the same time, working with Carmody attorneys will allow us to expand our practices statewide to better serve our current and former clients."

Nationwide, merger activity was brisk in 2013, with 78 law firm mergers recorded, breaking a past record of 70 set in 2008, according to The Am Law Daily, which is owned by the same corporate parent as the Connecticut Law Tribune.

In Connecticut, 2013 saw a number of lateral hires of entire practice groups, including Pullman & Comley's move to hire of all but one member of the Hartford firm Sullivan Schoen Campane & Connon.

In another Connecticut merger, Jorden Burt, a class action defense boutique with an office in Simsbury, announced in November it was joining forces with a larger international litigation firm. The just-complete merger between 70-lawyer Jorden Burt and Carlton Fields created a new 370-lawyer firm called Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. With its headquarters in Tampa, one of the new firm's 10 offices will be moving from Simsbury to Hartford.

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