After 20 years at San Francisco plaintiff shop The Veen Firm, Cynthia McGuinn (pictured at left) is taking her practice to the much smaller Rouda, Feder & Tietjen firm. She will be name partner -- it will be known as Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn starting July 1. Attorney Miles Cooper is making the move with her, along with a few staff.
Updated Thursday evening:
“I think our firm grew and grew until it reached what I would consider its maximal efficient state,” said Bill Veen, founder of The Veen Firm. While its 15 lawyers were “exactly the wonderful mix of people and personalities,” he admitted that the size can become cumbersome.
Miles Cooper said he thought Veen might be happy about the spontaneous shrinking of his firm. “It was getting a little unwieldy.”
Cooper said that transitioning the firm had been a topic for some time, and came up more often recently, but the details had always been fuzzy. “He talked about turning the firm into more of a partnership, but not really a partnership,” Cooper said. With the specifics unclear, some attorneys figured now was as good a time as any to make a change, Cooper added.
“Veen is 66 years old,” Cooper said. “The firm has gone from a one-man operation to a 40-plus employee operation without Bill ever planning it.”
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— Petra Pasternak