2 Downtown Law Firms Announce April Merger

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Two Downtown-based law firms -- Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Potter P.C., and Gefsky and Lehman P.C. -- will merge next month and combine their offices later this year.

The century-old Strassburger McKenna firm, with 22 attorneys, counts commercial litigation and business, family and employment law among its more than a dozen practice areas. The Gefsky firm, founded in 1971, has an expertise in corporate transactions with clients that include growing technology firms and family-owned or other closely held businesses.

"There is a lot of work for clients of theirs that they can't do. They lose that, or they have to refer it around town," said E.J. Strassburger, who will be president of the new firm known as Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky P.C.

Strassburger McKenna offers many of those services, he said, and his firm expects to draw on Gefsky's specialty areas.

"This is a situation where 1 and 1 hopefully is much more than 2," said Strassburger, whose grandfather Eugene B. Strassburger founded the firm.

The deal takes effect April 1. Gefsky partners H. Arnold Gefsky, Michael D. …