Akron-based Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs has announced the acquisition of Moscarino & Treu in a deal that builds on the former’s presence in the Cleveland market.
The latter was formed by George Moscarino and Kris Treu in 1998 as the duo, whose work has traditionally centered on medical malpractice, splintered off from Cleveland law firm Arter & Hadden — which went bankrupt and closed in 2003, leading to the opening of Tucker Ellis. Mascarino and Treu also do work in professional and product liability as well as general business litigation.
For Buckingham, the combination adds expertise and eight attorneys to its Cleveland office, which the firm said grows to 26 lawyers.
The Moscarino and Treu side firm will benefit from the additional scale, broader breadth of services and back-office support that comes with joining Buckingham.
“Kris and I could not be happier about joining Buckingham,” Moscarino said in a statement. “We were looking for a larger firm to join with practices in medical malpractice and commercial litigation to ensure the long-term success and continuity for our clients. Buckingham’s external reputation as well as their internal culture makes joining them an easy decision. The transition will be seamless for clients, several of whom were already being served by both firms.”
“Their joining us will create synergies and expansion opportunities in terms of our capacity to serve our clients,” added Buckingham managing partner Steve Dimengo. “They will enhance the great talent we have in Cleveland and for the firm in general.”
Buckingham officials say the firm has been in growth mode.
A spokesperson did not name the last firm to join Buckingham but noted that the business has been making a number of chunk lateral hires in recent years. That includes the adding on of a group of Akron attorneys in early 2021 led by Chris Niekamp, a former managing partner for Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio (which has since dropped Niekamp from its name).
A firm spokesperson said Buckingham is in the market for other combinations that would be a cultural fit. “We are looking for growth in terms of bench strength and new areas of expertise,” they said, “but (wouldn’t) rule out geographic expansion under the right circumstances.”
Founded in 1913, Buckingham has offices in the Akron, Canton and Cleveland markets featuring a combined 70 attorneys across those locations.
The firm reported 62 attorneys as of roughly this time last year for the 2021 Crain’s law firms list, which ranked it as the 16th-largest firm in Northeast Ohio at the time in terms of number of in-market attorneys.