New office will be led by nationally respected litigator with expertise in insurance and financial services industries
SCRANTON, Pa (July 26, 2022) – Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP, a Pennsylvania based boutique law firm representing some of the Commonwealth’s most prominent companies and organizations, announced today the opening of a suburban Philadelphia office. The new office will be MBK’s third location, following Harrisburg and Scranton, driven by the firm’s continued growth. Stephen C. Baker, a nationally respected lawyer and authority in the insurance and financial services industries with four decades of experience, will lead the new office.
“Opening an office in the Philadelphia area is an exciting step for us at MBK and one that underscores the significant growth we’ve experienced over the last few years,” said Daniel T. Brier, a Founding Partner at Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP. “This expansion reinforces our belief that there is no substitute for total immersion – standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients, listening, understanding, and applying our exceptional legal judgment to deliver outstanding results. Adding a lawyer of Steve Baker’s caliber reflects well on the quality of our team and the sophisticated work for which we have become known.”
With Stephen C. Baker leading the office, the firm has chosen a trusted legal and business advisor to dozens of insurers, reinsurers, brokers, risk managers, intermediaries, financial service institutions, and insurance industry trade associations. He is also well-known as a civil litigator and trial lawyer, having represented clients in nearly every state with trials or court appearances in 16 different states.
“Steve is esteemed in the insurance and financial services sectors as a go-to litigator and advisor, and he’s also an exceptional person and colleague. Having worked with him previously, I know he will add tremendous value for our clients and bring the same commitment to excellence that will match our culture at MBK,” said John B. Dempsey, Partner at Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP. “Steve could have gone to any law firm of his choosing, so having him at MBK is a real honor for us as we continue to grow our state-wide practice.”
In its 27 years of providing legal services throughout the Commonwealth, MBK has actively and successfully worked to preserve its original vision, to provide the sophisticated legal skills of a national law firm but with the attentiveness to client needs characteristic of a specialized boutique firm. The opening of the new office will allow MBK to better serve its existing clients based in the Philadelphia area, while also creating the opportunity to bring its diverse portfolio of experience to local businesses. The firm is targeting an office location in Radnor.
“MBK is a legal powerhouse that is genuinely focused on client service, backed by lawyers who fully immerse themselves in their respective practice areas. Lots of firms say things like that about themselves, but MBK actually lives it and that’s why it was the clear choice for me,” said Stephen C. Baker, Senior Partner at Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP. “My philosophy throughout my career has always been to listen first, be proactive, and find solutions to what’s keeping my clients up at night – and I plan to do the same at MBK.”
Prior to joining MBK, Baker was with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, now Faegre Drinker, for over 16 years. He served as a partner, civil litigator, trial lawyer, and the firm’s national insurance practice leader. The leading national legal directory, Chambers USA, recognized Baker in 2016 and 2017, calling him, “the dean of the life insurance bar.” He was also repeatedly honored by The BTI Consulting Group as a “Client Service All-Star.” Before joining Drinker Biddle, Baker spent 20 years at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.
About Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP
Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP was formed in 1995 by a group of like-minded attorneys with a vision of providing top-notch legal services, competitive with the best in Pennsylvania, without the impediments inherent in a larger law firm. Headquartered in Scranton, MBK represents corporate, non-profit, and individual clients across Pennsylvania. Its lawyers and support staff have extensive experience in a wide range of practice areas, including civil litigation, commercial transactions, business, tax and estate planning, white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, employment law, and tax-exempt issues.