Fowler White, currently operating from Tampa in temporary space, in the One Urban Centre, is collaborating with a broker to locate permanent office space in Tampa.
Shareholder Adam B. Cooke, who is Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law, says the opening of the Tampa office is being driven by client demand. The firm is actively recruiting to add to their Tampa-based team of attorneys.
“We are happy to be back in Tampa,” says Christopher Knight, managing shareholder of Fowler White. “Almost 80 years ago we started the firm, as a maritime and business law firm, and now almost 80 years later we remain one of the longest-standing, and largest, maritime practices in the state, with additional offices throughout south Florida in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.”
In 1970, Fowler White split into two firms becoming Fowler White Boggs and Fowler White Burnett, respectively, until the Boggs firm merged with Buchanan Ingersoll in March 2014.
Now, after years of traveling back and forth from Miami to Tampa, Fowler White Burnett has announced its return to brick-and-mortar space in Tampa. Additionally, as of March 1, 2020, Fowler White Burnett became unrestricted and is now able to use the Fowler White name in Tampa again.
“Opening space in Tampa is something we should have done years ago,” Knight says. “It’s a client-driven growth move for the firm.”
Knight adds that, even though the firm never stopped practicing in Tampa, it did not have a physical location in the region.
“Clients were pressuring us to reopen in Tampa,” Knight says. “We look forward to being back home.”