Reish & Reicher Realigns

There are some changes afoot at one of the nation’s premier ERISA legal firms. 


The Los Angeles-based law firm of Reish & Reicher, “home” to renowned ERISA attorneys Fred Reish and Bruce Ashton, is splitting up, and the two halves will be joining other firms. 

According to an announcement, Reish & Reicher will stop practicing law at the end of the day on March 15, 2011, and on the morning of the 16th, the firm’s attorneys will be joining two other law firms.  “In other words, there will not be any disruption in our practice of law or the representation of our clients,” according to the firm. 

One group will be joining the national law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath (DBR).  The other will join the Southern California law firm of Silver & Freedman (S&F).  The partners who will be joining DBR are long-time PLANSPONSOR columnist Fred Reish, Bruce Ashton, Lee Reicher, Mark Terman, Mike Vanic, Joe Faucher and Pascal Benyamini.  The partners joining S&F are Jon Karp, Jeff Lewis and Gary Wexler.  In addition to the partners, other attorneys at the firm will be included in the transition. 

The attorneys going to DBR are those who practice in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA litigation, employment law/litigation, tax and estate planning, corporate and real estate.  The attorneys joining S&F practice in the areas of transactions, business, taxation, estate planning, and business and real estate litigation. 

“While we are proud of our long standing association and close relationships among the partners, we feel that this transition is important for our legal practices and our clients,” the firm said in the announcement.  “The relationships among the partners remain strong, and we will work in a cooperative spirit to ensure that our clients come first and that there is no disruption to the work being done for them.  The partners will continue to work together on appropriate matters and refer work to each other, even while working at different firms, so that client needs continue to be satisfied.”  

DBR has nearly 650 lawyers in 11 offices located in: Philadelphia, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Albany, Milwaukee, Florham Park and Princeton, New Jersey, Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware.