The Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen law firm is closing following the departure of several partners.
Marshall Tanick, the co-founder of the firm, said that a group of shareholders, associates and support staff will join the Hellmuth & Johnson firm in Edina effective Oct. 1.
Tanick said the decision to close the office was based partly based on economics.
“This is the product of a long discussion,” he said. “There have been some structural changes in our firm. A few partners have retired or moved on recently and this gives us the opportunity to strengthen our practice by adding some new elements. Both firms view this as a positive.”
David Hellmuth, the managing partner at Hellmuth & Johnson, was not available for comment.
Tanick said the two firms were complimentary and the lawyers joining the Hellmuth firm would continue to practice in their areas of expertise.
“From their standpoint we have some areas that would enhance what they offer, and this provides us with an opportunity to expand the services we offer our clients,” he said.
Not everyone from the Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen is joining Hellmuth & Johnson, however. Tanick said one partner is joining Minneapolis law firm Siegel Bril firm and named partner Seymour Mansfield is not moving to the Edina firm.
The Mansfield firm has office space in downtown Minneapolis. Tanick said that will be “addressed and taken care of in the coming days.”
“I’ve been in a principal in my own firm since 1976,” Tanick said. “I don’t view this as bittersweet. I view this as a progressive step forward and a transition we needed to make to be more effective.”