After losing its Crump, Durrette gains a Gerson

Fred Gerson

Fred Gerson

Now it’s safe to order the new business cards.

A Richmond law firm has changed its name for the second time this month, following a new hire that beefs up its ranks after losing a namesake attorney at the beginning of the year.

Durrette, Arkema & Gill, which until Jan. 1 was known for years as DurretteCrump, is now Durrette, Arkema, Gerson & Gill.

The change, which went into effect Feb. 1, comes with the addition of Fred Gerson, a Richmond business attorney who has had a solo practice handling trademark, copyright, licensing and other work for a variety of businesses.

“I hate the thought that we’re changing the firm name again in a month, but we are,” Wyatt Durrette said.

Durrette said they approached Gerson last year once the firm, which primarily does commercial litigation, knew it was losing Bev Crump and his seasoned business law practice to ThompsonMcMullan. Crump had been with the firm since 2011 through the merger of DurretteBradshaw and McSweeney Crump Childress & Temple.

Rather than refer out that work in Crump’s absence, Durrette said it made financial sense to keep it in house.

“If you do a lot of business in commercial litigation you invariably have clients that have the need of a business lawyer,” Durrette said. “You need a business lawyer down the hall to talk to and say, ‘How would you handle this?’ If you don’t have that person it handicaps you a bit.”

Gerson, a graduate of William & Mary law, where he also teaches on the side, said his relationship with Durrette was formed over the years from referring clients that had litigation needs.

“I do some litigation but over the last couple of years I’ve had clients with significant litigation and I’ve referred those clients to lawyers at DurretteCrump, in particular Sadiq Gill,” Gerson said.

Gerson has been solo since 2012 and said he likes the idea of having extra resources from the eight-person firm.

“One of the benefits is I’m going to have more support and my clients will have access to a wider range of services,” he said.

Gerson said he’ll be fully transitioned by early March, including moving out of his office near the corner of Granite and Libbie avenues and into Durrette’s downtown digs in the Bank of America building.

Durrette has said it soon may be in the market for a new, smaller office as its lease in the Main Street building ends in March.

Fred Gerson

Fred Gerson

Now it’s safe to order the new business cards.

A Richmond law firm has changed its name for the second time this month, following a new hire that beefs up its ranks after losing a namesake attorney at the beginning of the year.

Durrette, Arkema & Gill, which until Jan. 1 was known for years as DurretteCrump, is now Durrette, Arkema, Gerson & Gill.

The change, which went into effect Feb. 1, comes with the addition of Fred Gerson, a Richmond business attorney who has had a solo practice handling trademark, copyright, licensing and other work for a variety of businesses.

“I hate the thought that we’re changing the firm name again in a month, but we are,” Wyatt Durrette said.

Durrette said they approached Gerson last year once the firm, which primarily does commercial litigation, knew it was losing Bev Crump and his seasoned business law practice to ThompsonMcMullan. Crump had been with the firm since 2011 through the merger of DurretteBradshaw and McSweeney Crump Childress & Temple.

Rather than refer out that work in Crump’s absence, Durrette said it made financial sense to keep it in house.

“If you do a lot of business in commercial litigation you invariably have clients that have the need of a business lawyer,” Durrette said. “You need a business lawyer down the hall to talk to and say, ‘How would you handle this?’ If you don’t have that person it handicaps you a bit.”

Gerson, a graduate of William & Mary law, where he also teaches on the side, said his relationship with Durrette was formed over the years from referring clients that had litigation needs.

“I do some litigation but over the last couple of years I’ve had clients with significant litigation and I’ve referred those clients to lawyers at DurretteCrump, in particular Sadiq Gill,” Gerson said.

Gerson has been solo since 2012 and said he likes the idea of having extra resources from the eight-person firm.

“One of the benefits is I’m going to have more support and my clients will have access to a wider range of services,” he said.

Gerson said he’ll be fully transitioned by early March, including moving out of his office near the corner of Granite and Libbie avenues and into Durrette’s downtown digs in the Bank of America building.

Durrette has said it soon may be in the market for a new, smaller office as its lease in the Main Street building ends in March.

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