Lance Einstein first interviewed with MendenFreiman in 2006, shortly after graduating from law school. Now, 13 years later, he’s joining the Atlanta boutique law firm as one of its newest partners, along with five other attorneys.
“Larry [Freiman] and I have known each other for a while now and we’d run into each other every once in a while,” Einstein said. “But I was actually at my now-sister-in-law’s 30th birthday and Larry was there because she babysat for one of his kids.”
That chance meeting led to another over coffee, both events seeming fated to happen, according to Einstein and Freiman. Einstein and fellow new MendenFreiman partner Jeffrey Kess were looking for a new home and MendenFreiman was searching for new attorneys following the retirement of co-founding partner George Menden.
“It was important to us that we brought in more like-minded attorneys to help take the firm through its next phase,” Freiman said. “Lance and Jeffrey really were right in line with what was important to us in terms of the core values of the business.”
Joining Einstein and Kess after leaving Gomel Davis & Watson, LLC — on cordial terms — are three new associates: Amy McGehee, Ashley Duel and Matthew Paolillo; and Chris Citty, a senior associate.
While MendenFreiman has focused on business law and estate, trust and tax planning, the new team brings decades of experience in tax controversy work and will help to establish MendenFreiman as a player in that field.
“It allows us to expand into a practice area that we weren’t in previously,” Freiman said. “It brought in a complimentary practice because they represent the same clients that we represent in the business and tax planning practice. So when these clients have an IRS audit or state-level Department of Revenue examination, they know where to look for representation.”