Jackson Lewis will launch a permanent office in Monmouth County, New Jersey next week, marking what is believed to be the only AmLaw 100 firm to have a Jersey Shore presence.
“I think you see a lot of corporate executives that not only work locally to the area, but also use Monmouth County as an area of residency because there is easy access to New York City by ferry or train,” said Richard Cino, managing shareholder of Jackson Lewis’s Morristown and Monmouth County offices.
“It’s a nice way to say, ‘hey’ [to clients] on a Friday in the summer.”
Jackson Lewis, a 750-lawyer firm which specializes in labor and employment matters, hired five attorneys from the law firm Giordano Halleran & Ciesla this February, including the co-chair of its labor and employment practice, Joseph C. DeBlasio.
The lawyers had worked from Jackson Lewis’s Morristown office until they got temporary space in Monmouth County in May. The firm is expected to lock down a permanent location next week at 766 Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, about a 15 minute drive to the beach.
“It’s not necessarily a beach town,” said DeBlasio. “We’re not on the coast, but close to the coast.”
In relation to Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where Season 1 of the reality TV show Jersey Shore took place, the Jackson Lewis office is situated about 45 minutes north.
Cino believes the location will pay off because large retail, manufacturing and hospitality businesses have offices in the area, and because it provides a gateway between Jackson Lewis’s Morristown and Philadelphia offices.
“I always wanted to have a corridor from Morristown through Central New Jersey to Philadelphia, with a dedicated practice to New Jersey,” said Cino.
Companies with offices nearby include Lockheed Martin, Liberty Mutual and Meridian Health System, Inc., according to an Internet search.
DeBlasio said that he felt Jackson Lewis fills a niche in serving local clients who want top-tier legal advice: “There aren’t a lot of top firms, locally,” he said. “You don’t see those AmLaw 100 firms down here.”