A long-time Wichita law firm has expanded its operations to include an office in Chicago.
Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy opened the office last week.
The 67-year-old firm opened the office at 1 E. Wacker Drive with four attorneys, including Joon Park, who relocated from Wichita to lead the Chicago office, said Morris Laing CEO A.J. Schwartz on Tuesday.
Schwartz said the firm is in the process of hiring some support staff, although most of its administrative support will come from Wichita.
He said the firm opened an office in Chicago because it has clients in the financial services industry there, including banks, loan originators and servicing companies.
“We do a lot of work up there and they are better served if we have a local presence,” Schwartz said.
The firm has a large financial services practice that comprises about a dozen attorneys, he said.
Schwartz characterized the firm’s growth in that industry as organic. Increased regulation and legislation specific to financial services is behind part of that growth as well.
“All of those things are involved,” Schwartz said, “and you still have litigation related to loans out there from the financial meltdown of 2008.”
The Chicago office is Morris Laing’s fourth. It opened an office in Florida in 2008, and it also has offices in Topeka and Wichita, at 300 N. Mead.
The firm has 48 attorneys, 34 of whom are in Wichita.