Wiggin & Dana Announces Merger With New York's Howe & Addington

October 23, 2003
New Haven Business Times, October 2003
The law firm Wiggin & Dana LLP announced its merger with Howe & Addington LLP, a New York firm with sophisticated real estate, tax estate planning and litigation practices.  The combined firm of 155 attorneys will continue to be known as Wiggin & Dana.  All of Howe & Addington’s partners, associates and staff will join Wiggin & Dana and will continue to practice from their offices at 450 Lexington Avenue.
“Wiggin & Dana is delighted about this great opportunity.  the Howe & Addington lawyers are excellent and their approach to the practice of law mirrors our own,” said Edward Wood Dunham, chair of Wiggin & Dana’s executive committee.  “The New York office will allow us to serve our clients better, and expand several important practice areas.  In addition, Howe & Addington’s extensive relationships with European and Latin American clients will enhance and complement our own thriving international practice.”
Robert W. Benjamin, a partner at Howe & Addington, added, “We couldn’t be happier about the merger.  As a small firm with a diverse clientele, we needed to grow.  finding the right fit with a like-minded group was very important to us.  Wiggin & Dana is an innovative, forward-thinking firm with old-fashioned values.  They have extremely talented attorneys in every practice group and an effective management structure.”
This is Wiggin & Dana’s second office outside Connecticut.  In October 2001, Wiggin & Dana established a Philadelphia office to expand the firm’s nationally recognized franchise law practice.
Jack Dunham, chair of Wiggin & Dana’s executive committee said of the merger.  “This is an exciting step, which holds much promise for the firn and our clients.  Howe & Addington’s lawyers are excellent practitioners and high quality people.  They will add significant breadth and depth to several of our important practice areas.”
Earlier this year, Aaron Bayer, formerly General Counsel of Connecticut College and Connecticut’s Deputy Attorney General, joined Wiggin & Dana’s Hartford office as chair of the firm’s national appellate practice.  Bayer succeeded Mark Kravitz who departed in July 2003 to become a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut.
Founded in New Haven in 1934 with predecessor firms dating back to the 19th century, Wiggin & Dana has 155 attorneys and offices in New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York.  The firm’s expertise includes all forms of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, complex corporate and real estate transactions, health care, environmental, franchise and distribution, biotechnology, intellectual properties, estate planning and labor employment.
For over 30 years Howe & Addington has been providing sophisticated real estate, tax, estate planning and litigation legal services to a diverse worldwide clientele, including major industrial companies, real estate investors and high net worth individuals.
Wiggin & Dana welcome partners Robert W. Benjamin; Bruce E. Hood; Andrew J. Pal; R. Scott Greathead; and associates Gregory L. Smith and Stephanie E. Busloff.
Dunham concludes, “We are confident that this merger will substantially enhance our ability to serve existing and future clients, without compromising the professional values and collegial spirit that have always been the hallmark of Wiggin & Dana.