Two Law Firms Merge to Create Second Largest Firmin Vermont The law firms of Primmer & Piper and Eggleston & Cramer will merge toform Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, the directors of both firms announcedtoday. The new firm, with over 30 lawyers, will offer more comprehensiveservices to its regulatory and corporate clients.An 18-lawyer firm founded in 1982, Primmer & Piper has offices inBurlington, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. Eggleston & Cramer, a 13-lawyerfirm founded in 1983, is located in Burlington. Each firm brings business lawspecialties that complement each other. The combination, effective January 1,2006, will establish the second largest law firm in Vermont.”This merger greatly enhances the array of legal practice areas we can offerour clients,” said Bill Piper, Chairman of the Board of Primmer & Piper. “Bycombining our resources, talents, and efforts, we improve service to our clientsand create a better environment for our employees.”The new firms practice areas include banking, bankruptcy, captive andtraditional insurance, commercial transactions, general corporate practice,employment, environmental/land use, estate planning and probate, finance,government relations, health care, immigration, intellectual property andtechnology, international law, commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration,public utility law, commercial real estate, and taxation.”We are excited about the long-term advantages and opportunities this mergerwill provide,” said Anne Cramer, President of Eggleston & Cramer. “Bycombining the legal expertise and experience of both firms, we arewell-positioned to provide top-level services in the increasingly complexregulatory business environment in Vermont, as well as the New England market.”Integration will not involve any physical disruption; the Burlington officesof Primmer & Piper and Eggleston & Cramer are already colocated at 150South Champlain Street. The new firm will continue both firms commitment tovalue, responsiveness, and integrity in providing the highest level of legalservices and achieving excellent results for its clients.
The Ilya Kovalchuk era in Los Angeles is over.On Monday, it was announced that Kovalchuk had left the team and was being placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. The 36-year-old had not played for the Kings since Nov. 9, and was reportedly being shopped around despite holding a no movement clause. TSN reported that Kovalchuk had received the final signing bonus for his contract on Sunday, but he will still count as a $6.25 million hit against the Kings’ salary cap through the end of next season. The Russian forward signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings in 2018. MORE: Which NHL head coaches are now on the hot seat?Once he clears waivers and has his contract terminated as expected, Kovalchuk will become an unrestricted free agent. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that, along with the remainder of this season’s wages, Kovalchuk will forfeit his 2020-21 salary — $4.25 million with no other bonuses, according to CapFriendly — by leaving the Kings.The first overall pick in the 2001 draft, Kovalchuk has 436 goals and 859 points in 897 NHL games. With the Kings, Kovalchuk tallied nine points (three goals) in 17 games this season.