Harris Beach expands Albany, NY, offices to 23 attorneys – Albany Business Review

Harris Beach has hired four attorneys to expand its corporate, litigation and commercial real estate practices in Albany.

The growth comes three months after John McManus, managing partner of the firm’s Albany and Saratoga offices, mapped out his strategy for attracting more clients in some of Harris Beach’s fastest growing segments.

Harris Beach PLLC employs 203 attorneys in a dozen offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Last week, the firm brought in two additional partners into the Albany office. Jeremy Speich and Mathew Barry left McNamee Lochner P.C. in Albany to join Harris Beach.

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Mathew Barry left McNamee Lochner P.C. in Albany to join Harris Beach.

Barry focuses on commercial lending, real estate transactions and commercial litigation. Speich also concentrates on corporate and commercial real estate law.

"Both of them had portable books of business," McManus said. And many of the real estate deals they have been involved with occurred in the Albany region.

The firm also hired Daniel LeCours, an associate whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, government compliance and business. And Bradley Wanner, a litigation attorney, joined Harris Beach after working for the New York City Law Department.

LeCours spent seven years with Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP before joining Harris Beach.

Harris Beach now employs 23 attorneys in Albany, up from 19 in February. And McManus wants to hire two additional attorneys. There is no set timetable for hiring staff, and he is not focused on any particular practice area.

"It’s an organic process for now. There is not any mandate from [our offices] in Rochester to hire a certain number of attorneys by a specific date," McManus said.

Harris Beach’s Albany and Saratoga offices are growing in what has become a highly competitive legal market around the state capital. The region’s 25 largest law firms employ 626 attorneys.

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