Family of Martha Stewart, Greenberg Lawyer Start New Firm

The family of the late Robert Morvillo, the New York white-collar defense attorney who represented Martha Stewart and Hank Greenberg, is planning to start a new law firm next month in his honor.

The firm, Morvillo LLP, will be run by Morvillo’s sons Scott, Greg and Robert and his brother Richard from offices in Washington and New York.

“We decided it would be a great homage to dad,” Greg Morvillo said April 26 in a telephone interview.

The late Morvillo, a name partner at Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, represented Stewart in her obstruction of justice case and Greenberg, former head of American International Group Inc. (AIG), in a New York state investigation. Morvillo died in December at the age of 73.

Morvillo LLP will defend clients involved in white-collar crime accusations and internal investigations, Greg Morvillo said. Richard Morvillo, a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in Washington, specializes in securities law enforcement cases and private securities litigation.

Three Morvillo brothers who worked at Morvillo Abramowitz as counsel will continue using space at the firm until new offices are found, Richard Morvillo said in an e-mail. The new firm has already hired several associates and one counsel with “more to come,” Richard Morvillo said.

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Another attorney son, Christopher, will stay at his current firm, Clifford Chance LLP.

Morvillo’s name will be shared with Morvillo Abramowitz, Elkan Abramowitz, a partner there, said in an interview.

“The firm has a reputation that has been built up over the years,” Abramowitz said. “We have no plans to change it.”

“We’re excited about the fact they’re continuing to practice together and wish them the best of luck,” Abramowitz said of the Morvillo brothers. “When Bob was alive it’s what he wanted for them.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia at spearson3@bloomberg.net; Patricia Hurtado in New York federal court at pathurtado@bloomberg.net.

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