CRANFORD - Lerner David, a leading, global intellectual property boutique law firm is officially open for business in Cranford.

Back in January, the firm announced its intention to move its headquarters from Westfield to 20 Commerce Drive in the Cranford Business Park. After six months of design work and only three months of construction, Lerner David held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Monday evening. NJ State Senator Joseph Cryan of District 20, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, and Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin, to name a few, were on hand.

"Thank you to Lerner David for choosing to relocate their firm's headquarters to Cranford," said Mayor Giblin. "The property owner, Signature Acquisitions, has made considerable investments to modernize the workspace. We look forward to Lerner David becoming part of the Cranford community."

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The firm, founded by Larry Lerner in 1969, was originally based out of Newark before moving to Westfield in 1973. Managing Partner Keith Gilman said that the move into their new state-of-the-art space in Cranford was a "no-brainer."

"They redid the entire space for us. It's bright and wide-open which creates a great work environment," said Gilman. "My biggest motivation was trying to get the natural light into our staff. Instead of just having attorneys and offices with doors closed, I wanted to get the inside lit and everything here is glass and it's beautiful."

Gilman also noted that the location itself is in proximity to the Federal Court, Cranford Train Station, Metropark, other train stations, and right off of the Garden State Parkway.

"We're very happy to be in Cranford, and coming to the great Township of Cranford makes it a lot easier to leave Westfield. This is a great place to be," added Gilman.