Rimon law firm opened new outposts in Austin, Texas and Montreal, Canada this week, expanding its presence to 39 locations worldwide.
The new offices are the latest in a global growth spurt for the San Francisco-based law firm, which, according to CEO and founding partner Michael Moradzadeh, combines elements of virtual and traditional law firms.
Rimon built a broader international presence in 2020 and the first few months of 2021, expanding to London, Paris, Sydney, Dubai, Berlin and Bogota, and adding more locations in the US last year, including Houston.
In Austin, where Rimon participates in a parade of firms entering a legal market fueled by newly formed and established tech companies, Craig Tanner, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Partner, is leaving Reed Smith after more than 13 years to open the new outpost.
“We wish Craig all the best as he begins this new chapter in his career,” a Reed Smith representative said in a statement. Tanner will also be based out of Rimon’s Silicon Valley office, the company said in its announcement on Thursday.
Rimon, which was founded in 2008, saw a 53% increase in sales in 2020 as of 2019. The firm relies on cloud-based technology as most of their lawyers worked outside of Rimon’s offices before the COVID-19 pandemic. Moradzadeh said the shift to remote working in the industry has fueled the company’s growth.
The same goes for other nontraditional law firms that have either virtual or hybrid models and that have lawyers queuing at their (virtual) doors when remote working becomes mainstream.
In Canada this week, Rimon hired former Gascon & Associates entertainment lawyers Saverio (Sam) Coppola and Jon Mechanic to join the group as partners and partners, respectively. The discontinuation coincides with Rimon’s announcement of a Gascon affiliation, which went into effect May 1st.
Gascon partner Nicolas Beaulieu said in a statement on Rimon’s announcement that the agreement will give the firm “an outreach with a network of world-class lawyers in markets we are not currently present in and that Rimon and his team will have strong support in the growing market in Montreal. “
Beaulieu said in an interview that Gascon will continue to work with Coppola and Mechanic and that the two companies will share clients of what he said is “beneficial to both companies”.
In addition to the two new office openings, this week Rimon hired litigation attorney David Choi as a partner in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Choi comes from Goldberg Segalla, where he was chairman of the cannabis and hemp law firm, Rimon said.
In a statement on Wednesday, Moradzadeh said the company’s cannabis practice “is growing to keep up with the demands of the burgeoning and evolving cannabis industry.”
Choi played a key role in building Goldberg Segalla’s capabilities in California. This emerges from a statement on behalf of the company’s Management Committee wishing him well “as he focuses his practice on the cannabis industry”.
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