Historic law firm and young upstart merge in southern Indiana

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Two law firms in New Albany are joining together to form a 14-attorney office with expanded practice areas.    

Lorch & Naville has merged with Ward King Agnew, effective July 1. The resulting firm, Lorch Naville Ward LLC, will maintain offices in Lorch & Naville’s current location at 506 State Street in downtown New Albany.

George Gesenhues, a member of Lorch & Naville, said in a written statement that the merger will improve his firm’s ability to serve clients and expand into new practice areas such as telecommunications and utility law.

“While we were already a full service firm, we will be adding attorneys licensed in both Indiana and Kentucky. This will allow us to better represent our clients’ business and legal needs across state lines, in both Southern Indiana and Kentucky,” Gesenhues stated.

The merger combines an old firm and a new one.

Lorch & Naville’s roots in southern Indiana extend back to 1928 when the firm was founded as Lorch & Lorch by brothers Chester V. and Frank E. Lorch. After Herbert F. Naville and his son Michael joined the firm in 1987, the office was renamed Lorch & Naville.

Ward King Agnew was established in 2008 with a focus on business law, real estate, estate planning and utility law.

“To date, we have been a small, business-focused firm,” Mick Ward stated in a press release. “With Lorch & Naville’s larger size, long history and diverse experience, we are pleased we will be able to offer our business, real estate, utility and estate planning clients a broader range of services, including family law, bankruptcy, criminal law and general civil litigation.”



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