ALLIANCE, OH (Jun 18, 2013) – Two law firms noted for their oil and gas practices, Geiger Teeple Smith & Hahn LLP and Robinson & McElwee PLLC, announced today that the two firms have merged, effective June 1. The integration of Alliance, Ohio-based Geiger Teeple with Charleston, West Virginia-based Robinson & McElwee leverages the collective knowledge, decades of experience and resources of the two highly regarded legal practices.
As the firm that represented the first oil and gas company to bring rotary drilling technology to Ohio over 60 years ago, Geiger Teeple attorneys have been at the forefront of all aspects of the oil and gas industry and have acquired a wealth of industry experience. While Geiger Teeple has traditionally been closely associated with the oil and gas industry, the firm has maintained an active practice in other areas of law, including a comprehensive business and civil litigation practice and an extensive probate and estate planning practice. In addition to its energy practice, Robinson & McElwee serves clients in many industries on environmental, litigation, business and tax, labor and employment, and government relations matters.
“The combination with Geiger Teeple offers our clients a fully integrated team of attorneys that are held in high esteem by the oil and gas industry,” said Kent George, Managing Member of the merged firms. “With our expanded presence in the Appalachian Basin, we are large enough to offer depth and breadth of experience, but nimble enough to have the efficiency and flexibility that ultimately benefit our clients.”
Commenting on the merger, Bruce Smith, Member of Geiger Teeple since 1976, said: “We are very pleased to join forces with a firm that complements our practices and mirrors our culture, and we are eager to offer clients access to a broader range of services.”
Robinson & McElwee now has 47 lawyers operating out of five offices in the region. The combined firm will operate as Geiger Teeple Robinson & McElwee PLLC in Ohio and Robinson & McElwee PLLC elsewhere. Geiger Teeple Robinson & McElwee PLLC is located at 1844 West State Street, Suite A, Alliance, Ohio 44601.
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