Bond Schoeneck Absorbs Two Smaller Firms

, New York Law Journal

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Ten years after moving into the New York City area, Syracuse-based Bond, Schoeneck & King has acquired two small firms in Manhattan and Garden City, and plans to double its office space with new leases.

Bond's Manhattan office is adding seven attorney Kehl, Katzive & Simon, which represents colleges and universities, schools and nonprofits in areas such as litigation and employment. The Manhattan office—which focuses primarily on labor, employment and employee benefits, Bond's largest practice firmwide—will total 21 lawyers, including new partners Shelley Kehl, Jeffrey Kehl and Marion Katzive, effective Jan. 1.

In Garden City, Bond is adding three-attorney Kennedy & Gillen, which provides real estate and civil litigation services. For the last 20 years, partner Bernard Kennedy has been general counsel to supermarket chain King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc., with 42 stores in Long Island.New partner Megan Gillen focuses on general business and litigation matters. The Garden City office will total 14 lawyers, effective Feb. 1.

In both locations, which Bond opened in 2004, the firm has recently signed 10-year leases for 15,000-square-feet space. The firm currently occupies about 7,500 square feet in each office and plans to move early next year, said Louis DiLorenzo, managing partner for the locations. He said Bond, with 225 lawyers firmwide, had been looking to add small groups since moving into the area. Meanwhile, these two firms were often referring overflow or specialty work to Bond. "It was right under our noses," he said. "Both are representing institutional clients they have represented for a long time."

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