Drinker Biddle Adds Public Finance Partner in Florham Park

Drinker Biddle & Reath bulked up its public finance practice in New Jersey today.

The firm added John. J. Scally Jr. as a partner in its Florham Park office along with associate Gregory Tears.

Scally and Tears worked together at McCarter & English. Scally joined the firm directly from McCarter & English and Tears came from Nixon Peabody.

Aside from expanding Drinker Biddle’s public finance practice, Scally will also provide counsel to the firm’s education, health care, investment banking and government clients.

The majority of Drinker Biddle’s public finance practice revolves around serving nonprofits, health care and education clients.

Drinker Biddle has been looking to expand in the areas of public finance since its January merger with Gardner Carton & Douglas. The Chicago firm increased Drinker Biddle’s presence in the health care area and the firm felt it was a natural fit to expand the public finance group around that practice.

“Combining with Gardner Carton’s premier health care practice earlier this year made tax-exempt finance a logical area for expansion,” Drinker Biddle’s public finance practice chairman Charles B. Congdon said in a statement. “With John and Greg, we can really start to bring the full range of public finance services to issuers, underwriters and borrowers on a much larger scale.”

–Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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