DeWITT — DeWitt–based law firm Centolella Green Law, P.C. has combined with a law firm based in the Richmond, Virginia area that focuses on health-care law.
The firm’s merger with Glen Allen, Virginia–based Hancock, Daniel & Johnson, P.C. became effective Feb. 1, says Jason Centolella, a partner in and president of Centolella Green Law.
The Virginia law firm markets itself as Hancock Daniel.
The local firm focuses on legal matters pertaining to health care, business, and taxes, says Centolella, who spoke with BJNN on Jan. 31 at its office at the Hamilton White House at 307 S. Townsend St. in Syracuse.
Following the merger, the former Centolella Green firm is maintaining both its Syracuse office and its main office at 6832 E. Genesee St. in DeWitt.
The firm is seeing “a lot of changes” in the health-care sector, says Centolella.
“The clients are getting bigger. The systems are getting larger. We felt that it would be the best way to serve our client by having a deeper bench,” he added. “In the health-care space, there’s no other or maybe only a handful of law firms that have as deep of a health-care bench as Hancock Daniel.”
With the merger, the local firm will no longer use the name Centolella Green Law, according to Centolella.
The local firm has four partners. Centolella and Dr. G. Randall Green are joining Hancock Daniel as directors, while Sam Burgess and Eric Bronstad will join the firm as associates.
Centolella says he was not allowed to discuss the financial terms or other transaction details of the deal.
On its own, Centolella Green had four attorneys and three support employees. With the combination, Hancock Daniel’s employee count increases to 127, including a total of 64 attorneys.
“Jason and his team have developed a very sophisticated health-law practice, which is not easy to do … and it’s a geographic region that’s interesting to us,” says Page Gravely, managing partner at Hancock Daniel. Gravely spoke with BJNN by phone during the interview at the Hamilton White House.
Centolella became familiar with Hancock Daniel while working with attorney James Daniel on legal matters pertaining to an accountable-care organization in 2012. Daniel is a senior partner and founder of the Hancock Daniel firm. The accountable-care organization is located in upstate New York, but Centolella declined to identify a specific location.
They stayed in contact, would share best practices, and their business relationship turned into a friendship. Over time, they started seeing “a lot of synergies” between their firms.
“One day, we were both in Washington, D.C., we raised the issue and it progressed from there,” says Centolella.
Daniel and Centolella had been considering the merger since October 2016. They finalized the deal last fall, according to Centolella.