CANTON — The Day Ketterer law firm has expanded with the addition of Goldman & Rosen, an Akron firm.

The merger will give Day Ketterer an Akron office with lawyers who are established in that community.

"We wanted a firm with deep roots in the Akron market," said Robert E. Roland, managing partner for Day Ketterer.

Goldman & Rosen will maintain its office near downtown Akron but will begin operating as Day Ketterer. The merger took effect Monday.

"We're physically not going any place. We just have a bigger team behind us," said Gary Rosen, lead partner at Goldman & Rosen.

Roland said Day Ketterer has been seeking a partner in Akron for about five years. The Canton firm has a number of clients in Akron and Summit County and has wanted to grow in the market. The challenge has been finding the right firm with which to align.

Rosen said his firm spent the past year studying the possibility of merging with Day Ketterer before concluding it was a great move.

Goldman & Rosen formed in 1990 and has six lawyers who will join Day Ketterer.

"It gives us a good start in Akron with quality people," Roland said.

Day Ketterer has maintained an office in Hudson for about 10 years. The office is Akron is midway between the Canton and Hudson locations, Roland said. Day Ketterer also has a Youngstown office. The firm has 45 lawyers practicing from the three locations.

The move by Day Ketterer is an example of how interconnected the cities of Canton and Akron have become in recent years, Roland said. Businesses don't see the borders between cities, counties or school districts. The focus is on doing business and serving customers, he said.

Rosen also noted that Canton and Akron have been growing closer and the merger can help "bridge the relations between the two communities. This is a great way for us to approach the practice in a regional manner."

Day Ketterer formed in 1872 and is among Ohio's oldest full-service law firms. Among its specialty areas are business law, banking, labor and employment, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, real estate, health care and family law.