Fowler White Burnett Changes 'Have Worked Out Well'

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Christopher E. Knight
Christopher E. Knight

Fowler White Burnett recently renewed its lease at the Espirito Santo Plaza in Miami for 10 years, relinquishing some space on the 15th floor that was being used for administration and accounting.

The firm was created after it split from Fowler White Boggs several decades ago. Under their agreement, Fowler White Boggs was blocked from opening a Miami office, and Fowler White Burnett was barred from opening in Tampa. Fowler White Boggs is deep in talks with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

"We're in the acquiring mode. We don't want to be acquired," Knight said. "We are happy being a regional firm. We get national clients, and they want local roots. We've been around for 70 years, and we are here to stay."

Joe Ankus, a recruiter with Ankus Consulting Inc. of Weston, calls Fowler White Burnett "well-regarded, a long-time true Miami firm—one of the few that has retained the legacy of the local firm feel with a large-scale practice."

He added, "They have a known brand name in their niche areas and have never tried to grow exponentially like the Greenbergs or Hollands and preferred to remain a strong, regional firm."

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