Miami-based litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine announces its plans to expand into the Midwest market, with prominent litigator Daniel Rosen joining the firm on May 1 and serving as partner-in-charge of its new Minneapolis office. The move marks the firm’s first physical footprint outside of the South Florida market and is designed to support the litigation powerhouse’s existing national practice, while creating a deeper platform across the Midwest.
With more than 30 attorneys in South Florida, Kluger Kaplan has built a national reputation for handling high-stakes business and commercial litigation disputes, including securities and financial fraud, probate, class actions, complex matrimonial, probate and trust litigation. The firm’s attorneys serve as lead counsel in trials in federal and state courts across the country, and are consistently recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. The firm was recently named a Top Litigation Firm by the Daily Business Review, an ALM-affiliate and sister publication to the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and National Law Journal.
“Minneapolis is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the country, with roughly 3.5 million people, major corporate headquarters, and a diverse economic base,” said Alan Kluger. “This move will allow us to tap into the region’s unlimited growth potential, while better aligning our geographic footprint with our clients’ interests.”
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2015, Minnesota’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $328.3 billion, ranking 17th in the U.S. Additionally, 17 of the Fortune 500 companies are based in Minnesota, including General Mills, Target, Land O’Lakes, Hormel Foods, Best Buy and 3M. Yet despite the city’s robust economy, Mr. Kluger says that most law firms have traditionally eschewed the market in favor of major ‘power’ centers such as New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.
“Minneapolis is well-regarded for its sophisticated court system, highly experienced bench and bevy of major national corporations – but continues to be overlooked by the big litigation firms,” said Abbey Kaplan, founding partner of Kluger Kaplan. “Dan’s esteemed reputation, coupled with our resources, will bring immediate value to our existing clients and fill a need in this underserved market.”
Mr. Rosen previously served as partner of Parker Rosen, where he established his reputation as a veteran trial lawyer and advocate for some of Minnesota’s largest businesses and national corporations. With 23 years of courtroom experience, Mr. Rosen focuses his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy.
As the leading Minnesota lawyer representing property owners in eminent domain takings, he successfully represented international developer, Hines Interests, in the largest eminent domain case in the state’s history. Additionally, he has garnered a reputation for representing major national corporations with interests in the Midwest, including Exxon Mobil, Walgreens, Sears Holdings and Kmart.
“Coming to Kluger Kaplan is a natural fit and aligns seamlessly with my clients’ needs and interests,” said Mr. Rosen. “By combining forces, we can deliver exceptional legal counsel while creating a platform for additional growth across the Midwest.”
Mr. Rosen is a recognized force in the Minnesota business and civic communities. He currently serves as Chairman of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, which is a governor-appointed position tasked with regulating campaign finance and lobbyist activities in state campaign. Additionally, he is the past chairman of the Minnesota Council of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and is a member of the organization’s National Council.
Kluger Kaplan’s Minneapolis office will be temporarily located at 80 South 8th Street, before moving to a permanent location in the city’s downtown district. The firm also anticipates opening subsequent locations across the Midwest, such as Chicago and St. Louis.