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Breakup in the Berkshires

In the bucolic Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts, one law firm stands out so prominently within the region that its Web page URL is Cain, Hibbard, Myers & Cook. So it came as a surprise when four of the firm's 10 partners announced they would leave to start their own firm. Partners Leonard H. Cohen, C. Jeffrey Cook, Kevin M. Kinne and David E. Valicenti will open their own firm Jan. 1, the Berkshire Eagle reports. Cohen and Cook have each been with the firm more than 40 years.

In a follow-up report today, the Berkshire Eagle says the breakup is amicable and was sparked by the partners' interest in new business opportunities. "We truly mean it when we say we wish each other well," Kinne told the newspaper. "I have no doubt both firms will be very successful, we all respect each other and want each other to do well." A fifth partner, William B. Roberts, is also leaving, but for reasons unrelated to the others' departures. One of Cain Hibbard's remaining partners, Lucy Prashker, said the firm retains a strong position within the region and will continue its "growth mode."Notably, the departures will transform the firm into one run predominantly by women, who make up three of the five remaining partners.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 22, 2008 at 01:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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