Miami – January 25, 2018 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is growing in South Florida with the absorption of one of Florida’s premier immigration firms, Weiss, Alden & Polo P.A., including its two named partners, Christine J. Alden and Gina M. Polo, and associate Stephania Bertoni.
Also joining Buchanan’s Miami office as co-chair of Buchanan’s matrimonial and family law practice group is Robert F. Kohlman, a prominent trial lawyer who was previously a name partner at a family law boutique firm. Kohlman’s more than 23 years of trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts also strengthens Buchanan’s commercial litigation, appellate and arbitration capabilities in Miami.
“Growing in Miami and South Florida are key strategic priorities” noted Joseph A. Dougherty, CEO and Managing Director of Buchanan. “Christine and Gina are highly experienced in navigating individuals and businesses through today’s complex immigration rules and laws. They add significantly to the depth and expertise of our Immigration practice and we look forward to helping them take advantage of our national, full-service platform.”
Dougherty added, “The addition of Robert provides us with a top-notch matrimonial and family attorney in Miami. Robert’s immense skills and client base nicely complement our existing New York and New Jersey matrimonial practices. Many of our Matrimonial and Family Law clients have homes and businesses in both locations, so we’ll be better able to serve them on both fronts.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Christine, Gina and Robert as we grow in Miami. They are a great addition to our existing group of outstanding attorneys,” noted Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, head of Buchanan’s Miami office. “Miami is a key location for business activity domestically and internationally. This combination is a great fit with the firm’s existing capabilities, while expanding the practice areas that we provide locally to our clients.”
“Being part of a large, national firm is the right move for us and our clients,” said Alden. Polo added, “Not only did our partnership with Buchanan make business and client sense, we found a firm whose culture, goals and existing immigration practice matched ours perfectly. Immigration law is only going to get more challenging and it’s important to have the backing of a large firm as we assist our clients.”
Kohlman, who has tried more than 125 cases in state and federal court, noted, “Buchanan is unusual among national law firms in that it has a well-established family law practice. I now have a deep bench of family lawyers, the resources of a national law firm, the ability to expand my practice beyond South Florida and further help grow the Miami office. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Founded more than 40 years ago Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A., built its practice on a strong commitment to problem solving all types of immigration matters for clients in South Florida and worldwide. That commitment will continue and thrive at Buchanan. Alden serves as vice president of the South Florida chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Polo is certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law.