MINNEAPOLIS, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Alliance of Law Firms, a worldwide legal association of 55 firms in 41 countries, announces the selection of two highly regarded business law firms as members. Phillips Nizer LLP (http://www.phillipsnizer.com) has been admitted as the Alliance representative for New York and Williams Parker (http://www.williamsparker.com) has been admitted as the Florida member. This follows an extensive effort to assess and credential potential member firms in these critical markets.
Monica Oathout, president of the Alliance and a name partner with the Houston, TX firm of Schwartz, Junell, Greenberg & Oathout, LLP, said, "We're honored to have Phillips Nizer and Williams Parker in the Alliance. Their addition advances our strategy of providing clients predictable, high-quality worldwide legal service."
Phillips Nizer is an entrepreneurial-based mid-sized New York law firm whose guiding principle is "Resourceful Representation." The firm was founded in 1926 by Louis Nizer, considered one of the most outstanding trial lawyers of the twentieth century, and Louis Phillips, Vice President and General Counsel of Paramount Pictures. Today, the firm carries on in the tradition of its founders, with 75 attorneys providing personalized services -- counseling and representing its business and individual clients -- in a wide range of domestic and international practice areas: litigation, arbitration and mediation, corporate and commercial transactions, real estate, estate planning and administration, tax, banking and finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property (trademark, copyright and new media), licensing and franchising, and matrimonial. The firm's lawyers, several of whom are multi-lingual, have strong ties to Europe, Israel and Asia. The firm maintains three offices -- two in New York -- in Manhattan and Garden City, and one in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Phillips Nizer managing partner Perry Galler explains his firm's position: "We are incredibly pleased to have joined the Alliance. Our domestic and international client base continues to grow substantially and our strategic relationship with the Alliance gives us access to leading law firms around the world."
Williams Parker was founded in 1925 and is widely regarded as one of the strongest independent firms in the state. The firm's 48 lawyers are based in Sarasota, FL, where they have a full-service business practice representing healthcare institutions, major financial services companies, entrepreneurs, governmental entities and high net worth individuals. The firm has one of the largest trusts and estates groups in Florida, a top-tier commercial real estate practice and a particularly strong tax group which includes ERISA capabilities.
"We are excited to be part of this international network of phenomenal law firms," said Bill Seider, president of Williams Parker. "Our membership enables us to provide our clients with the highest levels of service and knowledge wherever their business or personal legal needs may arise. We also look forward to assisting the clients of other Alliance firms when they need counsel in Florida."
Wendy Horn, Executive Director of the Alliance, commented: "Phillips Nizer and Williams Parker are a perfect fit for our organization. They are dynamic, highly talented and successful with a first-class U.S. and international client base in our key business sectors. They are team players and match our international model: independent firms bound by common quality standards and business culture, not merger."
The Alliance is a network of mid-sized law firms formed in 1998 to provide clients with global legal services. For more information, visit http://www.ialawfirms.com.
Wendy Horn, Executive Director
SOURCE International Alliance of Law Firms