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New London - James C. McGuire, a well-known local attorney whose family's law firm dates back more than a century, has given up his individual practice to join the city-based legal team at Halloran & Sage LLP, based in Hartford.
"It's a continuation of the McGuires in New London, but obviously not in the same form," McGuire said in a phone interview Monday.
McGuire, a New London resident, said he has placed his family's longtime McGuire & McGuire office at 76 Federal St. up for sale. The building, dating to 1837, was once the home of the Barns family, which helped start the National Bank of Commerce on State Street, where Bank of America did business until its closure earlier this year.
McGuire's father, Francis, practiced in the building, as did his late brother Frank. His grandfather, Frank, began the family legal tradition in New London in 1901.
"We'd like to find someone who would take the kind of interest that we did," McGuire said of the building and its future. "It's a link to New London's past."
McGuire said he will be joining two other attorneys, Thomas W. Boyce Jr. and Jennifer S. Mullen, in the Halloran & Sage office at 216 Broad St., the former Bartlett School. The firm also has branches in Danbury, Middletown, New Haven, Westport and Washington, D.C.
As a member of a larger law firm, McGuire said he expects to get a lot of administrative and technical support that he couldn't access in a smaller office.
"It will be good for my practice and good for my clients," he said.
McGuire said he still plans a diverse practice in representing nonprofits, businesses and individuals in such areas as estate planning, probate, real estate and corporate law.
McGuire may be best known locally for community involvement that includes 25 years on the board of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, including 13 years as chairman. He also spent many years on the board of both the Williams School and the Bacon and Hinkley Home in addition to currently serving as chairman of both the Atwood Fund that offers loans to graduating high school seniors planning to attend college and the Sullivan Foundation, which provides funding to individuals and organizations with ties to the Diocese of Norwich.
He is also vice chairman of the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut and a member of the New London Rotary Club.
"I've been a part of this community from birth, and I intend to remain," McGuire said.