Mark Crane
Mark Crane
James C. Sawran
James C. Sawran

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd. announced last week it is expanding its presence in Florida by combining with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya P.C.

McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya will become Segal McCambridge’s ninth office throughout the country. The smaller firm’s 10 attorneys were incorporated into Segal McCambridge roster as of Thursday.

The Florida office will carry the Segal McCambridge name.

“We’ve been exploring a move into Florida for about three years now,” Segal McCambridge managing shareholder Mark Crane said. “We have clients that we know could give us a lot of business there, and we talked with several other firms about combining but none of them were good matches.”

Crane and McIntosh Sawran managing shareholder James C. Sawran said that discussions between the two firms began in March 2019.

“There was just a great connection,” said Crane. “We have very similar practice areas and we already share some major insurance carriers as clients, so we are very excited about cross marketing and expanding our practice in Florida.”

“Our lawyers have been involved in federal and state cases throughout Florida and we were looking for opportunities to expand our footprint regionally or nationally to get better exposure for our team on a bigger platform,” Sawran said.

“Beyond the ability to plug into the firm’s national platform, we were struck by the synergies of our two firms, including both boasting more than three decades of service to insurance clients, our stable of highly talented trial attorneys and our dedication to pro bono and community service,” he said.

McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya was founded in 1989, while Segal McCambridge opened its doors in 1986. Both firms are known for their handling of insurance and liability defense cases. Among their practice areas Segal McCambridge does significant work in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, toxic torts and employment law, while McIntosh Sawran offers specialized services in maritime and aviation law.

“We are expecting a great marriage between the firms, and I think we provide a tremendous asset to Segal McCambridge,” Sawran said.  

“We are really happy about the combination,” said Crane. “Their experience is a good  platform to build off of. They have a great reputation in Fort Lauderdale and a talented group of young lawyers which we want to build the future of our firm on.”

Sawran and Crane said this merger is the first step of expanding Segal McCambridge’s presence in Florida. As the population of Florida continues to increase, the partners said they expect to see an increased demand for legal services in the state.

While they did not give specific plans for any future locations, Sawran said they “welcome the opportunity to expand into other locales in Florida in the years to come.”

In addition to Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, Segal McCambridge also has offices in Austin, Texas, Detroit, Houston, Jersey City, N.J., New York City, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

The firm’s lawyers represent corporate and institutional clients nationwide and are licensed to practice in 20 states.