New Haven law firm acquires NY outpost

October 7, 2003
Crain’s New York/NewYorkBusiness.com, October 3, 2003 by Tommy Fernandez
Six-lawyer midtown firm Howe & Addington has merged with the 155-lawyer New Haven-based firm of Wiggin & Dana. Howe & Addington’s office will serve as the New York outpost of the Connecticut firm.
 
Jack Dunham, chair of Wiggin & Dana's executive committee, says the merger will benefit the firm's white-collar investigative practice by providing better access to New York clients. That practice is headed by former Clinton administration Deputy Counsel David Fein.
 
The Manhattan office will similarly help the firm's intellectual property and its European corporate practices. “People from Europe think about New York, they don't think about New Haven," says Mr. Dunham. He notes that the firm plans to grow the New York office slowly, possibly reaching 15 attorneys within three years.