A Denver-based law firm is expanding its highly specialized practice into New Jersey without paying for the extra office space.
Kissinger & Fellman, founded in 1976 and currently staffing seven attorneys, announced Feb. 28 an “of counsel” agreement with Helmer Conley & Kasselman that will give the Colorado firm access to 11 different office locations throughout New Jersey and a combined total of 72 attorneys.
When asked about how the arrangement came together, partner Ken Fellman acknowledged that it was “kind of an unusual circumstance” to use of counsel agreements to pursue firm growth. But Fellman’s specialty, focusing on municipal government law with a heavy emphasis on telecommunications, enjoys the paradoxical status of being both a national practice with a local lens.
When he first started researching the possibility of expanding, Fellman said he took some of his initial research to an informal ethics consultation with the Colorado Bar Association. While it does involve some ethical considerations and conflict avoidance, Fellman said there was nothing that said it couldn’t be done.