(USA Herald) – London-based Clyde & Co. LLP has expanded its footprint in the United States by merging with the prestigious insurance boutique, Hermes Netburn O’Connor & Spearing PC, to establish a presence in the thriving insurance market of Boston.
The new office is Clyde & Co.’s 15th in the US and comes after a string of successful mergers and expansions, including opening offices in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver just last year.
The merger with Hermes Netburn brings a host of highly experienced insurance coverage, surety, and civil litigation specialists to the table. The 14 attorneys at Hermes Netburn, who specialize in product liability, toxic torts, exposures, and construction matters, will work alongside Clyde & Co.’s existing New York and New Jersey offices to provide clients with comprehensive legal services.
Joining Clyde & Co. as part of the merger are Kevin O’Connor, Holly Polglase, and John Felice, former partners at Hermes Netburn. O’Connor, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is an insurance and surety lawyer with a reputation for advising major national and international property and casualty insurers, reinsurers, and insurance claim administrators on complex coverage and surety law matters.
Polglase, a former shareholder at Hermes Netburn and Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, is a specialist trial lawyer who advises major national and multinational companies on complex product liability, pharmaceutical, medical device, toxic tort, asbestos, general liability, and commercial law matters.
Felice is a trial and insurance lawyer with substantial experience representing manufacturers, distributors, businesses, premises owners, and their insurers in a variety of toxic exposure cases, including asbestos, talc, mold, and chemical exposure. He also has a proven track record of representing insurers and insurance claim administrators in complex insurance coverage, bad faith, and unfair claim practice matters.
New England is home to a thriving insurance, biotech, healthcare, and professional services ecosystem, and the addition of the Boston office places Clyde & Co. in a prime position to support these industries. According to Clyde & Co. senior partner Carolena Gordon, “We are ideally placed to support this vibrant ecosystem and are excited to bring our expertise to the region.”
The merger with Hermes Netburn is the latest in a series of high-profile mergers in the insurance and legal industries. Just two days prior, international firm Clark Hill PLC announced it would be joining forces with commercial litigation boutique Conrad O’Brien, adding 18 attorneys and doubling its headcount in Philadelphia since January.