Hill Wallack LLP, based in Princeton, has opened its newest office in Red Bank, in the historic Galleria Red Bank building.
Founded in 1978, Hill Wallack is based in Princeton, and has opened offices strategically, first in Cedar Knolls and Yardley, PA, and now in Red Bank. With nearly 70 lawyers, the firm has what it calls “comprehensive commercial capabilities,” offering a full range of legal services to a diverse group of clients from Fortune 500 companies to individuals.
Eric Abraham, a Partner with Hill Wallack and a lifelong Monmouth County resident, recognized that while there are plenty of lawyers and law firms in the County, there is a market demand for what he calls “lawyers’ lawyers,” attorneys with business savvy and sophisticated practices. While Hill Wallack’s Princeton office is only 45 miles from Red Bank, Abraham also knew that businesspeople in the Red Bank area would want to work with lawyers locally, who knew the local community.
Observing that Red Bank is an increasingly vibrant and progressive business community, Hill Wallack was eager to respond to the community’s growing needs. Abraham, who heads the Firm’s Complex Litigation practice group, spoke with his many contacts in the Red Bank area to better understand the needs of the community. He conferred with other Hill Wallack attorneys who reside in Monmouth County, including Litigation Partner Suzanne Marasco; and Counsel Evan Goldman, Chair of the Firm’s Franchise Law practice group, to prepare a detailed business plan for the new office.
The Firm already had a number of clients in the Red Bank area, and saw the opening of a local office as a way to better serve them, and to work with other Monmouth County businesses that sought the level of service and breadth of practice that Hill Wallack offers.
“We are excited to be planting our flag in Red Bank,” says Abraham. “We are already highly connected, on so many levels, in the community.” Since the office’s opening in August, he and his colleagues have been reaching out to people throughout the community. “So many people have been eager to meet with us,” he notes. Hill Wallack held an open house on October 24 to officially launch the office.
“Red Bank was a natural expansion for Hill Wallack,” says the firm’s Managing Partner, Michael Kahme. “We saw how vibrant the business community and community at large is, how many relationships we already have there and realized that we can better serve our clients and develop new opportunities with a Red Bank office.” Kahme noted that “Red Bank has the charm of a small village but with the strength of a city. What a wonderful place to live and work.”
The offices are in Galleria Red Bank, a mix of boutiques, restaurants and professional offices in a former turn-of-the-twentieth-century uniform factory, completed in 1917. The building is on the west side of the borough, which has lately been experiencing a renaissance. Its location, just two blocks from the New Jersey Transit station, also makes it accessible by any form of transportation. The factory had originally been owned by Sigmund Eisner, grandfather of Michael Eisner, former Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; it manufactured uniforms for soldiers in World Wars I and II, the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts.
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