Joe Conroy.
Joe Conroy. (Gittings Photography)

Cooley has bolstered its mid-Atlantic ­presence, as well as its life sciences and ­international arbitration abilities, with the addition of six partners from the Philadelphia suburbs and New York.

Cooley’s life sciences practice added partners Jeffrey Libson and Geoffrey Starr from Pepper Hamilton’s Berwyn office, as well as Manya Deehr, a founder and ­principal at Life Sciences Law Group, a small firm with offices in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Highland Park, New Jersey. New York will be the primary office for all three, although they will be working on life ­sciences matters in various locations.

And in the litigation practice, Cooley is bringing in three international commercial arbitration partners from Chadbourne & Parke. Mark Beckett, Rachel Thorn and Marc Suskin are joining Cooley’s New York office. The firm had an existing ­international arbitration presence in New York, but most of its lawyers were based in London.

Beckett was formerly chair of the international arbitration group at Chadbourne. He, Thorn and Suskin all joined Chadbourne together in 2013, coming from Latham & Watkins.

Cooley CEO Joe Conroy said the six hires, announced Monday, bolster the firm’s “strategic imperative” of building up the New York office. Bringing in lateral hires in the second half of the year is unusual, he said, but these partners represented unique opportunities and required specific timing.

Conroy said the hires represent growth in both the firm’s traditional areas of practice, which include life sciences, and areas where it more recently broke ground, ­including international arbitration.

In a statement about the move, Libson said, “Cooley’s superb reputation in life ­sciences was an easy draw for us.”

All three of the life sciences partners work on strategic transactions with companies of various sizes in that industry. Libson was the chair of Pepper Hamilton’s life sciences group. His work has spanned the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostics, health care and digital health sectors. Starr has worked with companies throughout the corporate life cycle, and is currently serving as ­outside general counsel to multiple emerging companies.

Deehr served as chief legal officer at two different pharmaceutical companies, each of which was acquired, before co-founding Life Sciences Law Group. Before going in-house, she was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for nine years.

“This move is about matching our deep knowledge of the mid-Atlantic life sciences space with the powerful national and global platforms that Cooley offers in this field,” Deehr said in a statement. “The potential is enormous.”

Conroy said the life sciences additions were a play for geography and talent, as the partners will bring in a number of clients from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While Cooley is not opening a full office in the area, he said, it will provide satellite space for those lawyers.

“That really takes what is an existing dominant practice in life sciences and fills in a nice piece both from a geographic standpoint and a capability standpoint,” Conroy said.

Meanwhile, Conroy said, the new international arbitration practice is not the kind of hire Cooley would have made 10 years ago, but now it’s “a natural fit.”

“It would be fair to say that this capability we’re bringing in did not exist at that level before,” Conroy said. “Historically we did international arbitration for our existing clients … but this group is really good at originating new clients.”

Cooley’s additions to the international arbitration practice follow the firm’s launch in London nearly two years ago, which gave it a presence in Europe.

“Being able to do this out of New York and bridge what we already have in London makes it even more attractive,” Conroy said.

Beckett noted the firm’s London ­expansion in a statement, and said his team looks forward to working with the attorneys in the United States and United Kingdom.

“Although international arbitration has traditionally been associated with sectors such as mining, energy and construction, we expect that over the next few years there will be growth in disputes in life sciences, technology and other sectors where the firm has a world-class reputation,” Suskin said in a statement. “These strengths, ­coupled with Cooley’s geographic footprint, make the firm a natural fit for our team.”

Conroy said the six additions come at the end of a “very strong” year with 23 lateral partner recruitments. With ­year-end approaching, he said the firm is expecting strong revenue growth.

In a statement, Chadbourne wished luck to Beckett, Thorn and Suskin. The firm noted growth in its arbitration practice and said it anticipates a busy year 
ahead.

“We are maintaining and are continuing to grow a robust arbitration practice in the U.S. and elsewhere,” Chadbourne’s ­statement said.

In its own statement about Libson and Starr’s departures, Pepper Hamilton said: “Jeff Libson had been with Pepper for more than 30 years and we value the contributions he made to the firm over that time. The firm wishes Jeff and Geoff all the best in the next chapter of their careers.”

Cooley, a California-based firm, has 900 lawyers in 12 offices, including 10 in the United States, one in Shanghai and one in London.

Lizzy McLellan can be contacted at ­215-557-2493 or lmclellan@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @LizzyMcLellTLI.

Cooley has bolstered its mid-Atlantic ­presence, as well as its life sciences and ­international arbitration abilities, with the addition of six partners from the Philadelphia suburbs and New York .

Cooley ‘s life sciences practice added partners Jeffrey Libson and Geoffrey Starr from Pepper Hamilton ‘s Berwyn office, as well as Manya Deehr, a founder and ­principal at Life Sciences Law Group, a small firm with offices in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Highland Park, New Jersey. New York will be the primary office for all three, although they will be working on life ­sciences matters in various locations.

And in the litigation practice, Cooley is bringing in three international commercial arbitration partners from Chadbourne & Parke . Mark Beckett, Rachel Thorn and Marc Suskin are joining Cooley ‘s New York office. The firm had an existing ­international arbitration presence in New York , but most of its lawyers were based in London.

Beckett was formerly chair of the international arbitration group at Chadbourne. He, Thorn and Suskin all joined Chadbourne together in 2013, coming from Latham & Watkins .

Cooley CEO Joe Conroy said the six hires, announced Monday, bolster the firm’s “strategic imperative” of building up the New York office. Bringing in lateral hires in the second half of the year is unusual, he said, but these partners represented unique opportunities and required specific timing.

Conroy said the hires represent growth in both the firm’s traditional areas of practice, which include life sciences, and areas where it more recently broke ground, ­including international arbitration.

In a statement about the move, Libson said, “ Cooley ‘s superb reputation in life ­sciences was an easy draw for us.”

All three of the life sciences partners work on strategic transactions with companies of various sizes in that industry. Libson was the chair of Pepper Hamilton ‘s life sciences group. His work has spanned the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostics, health care and digital health sectors. Starr has worked with companies throughout the corporate life cycle, and is currently serving as ­outside general counsel to multiple emerging companies.

Deehr served as chief legal officer at two different pharmaceutical companies, each of which was acquired, before co-founding Life Sciences Law Group. Before going in-house, she was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for nine years.

“This move is about matching our deep knowledge of the mid-Atlantic life sciences space with the powerful national and global platforms that Cooley offers in this field,” Deehr said in a statement. “The potential is enormous.”

Conroy said the life sciences additions were a play for geography and talent, as the partners will bring in a number of clients from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While Cooley is not opening a full office in the area, he said, it will provide satellite space for those lawyers.

“That really takes what is an existing dominant practice in life sciences and fills in a nice piece both from a geographic standpoint and a capability standpoint,” Conroy said.

Meanwhile, Conroy said, the new international arbitration practice is not the kind of hire Cooley would have made 10 years ago, but now it’s “a natural fit.”

“It would be fair to say that this capability we’re bringing in did not exist at that level before,” Conroy said. “Historically we did international arbitration for our existing clients … but this group is really good at originating new clients.”

Cooley ‘s additions to the international arbitration practice follow the firm’s launch in London nearly two years ago, which gave it a presence in Europe.

“Being able to do this out of New York and bridge what we already have in London makes it even more attractive,” Conroy said.

Beckett noted the firm’s London ­expansion in a statement, and said his team looks forward to working with the attorneys in the United States and United Kingdom.

“Although international arbitration has traditionally been associated with sectors such as mining, energy and construction, we expect that over the next few years there will be growth in disputes in life sciences, technology and other sectors where the firm has a world-class reputation,” Suskin said in a statement. “These strengths, ­coupled with Cooley ‘s geographic footprint, make the firm a natural fit for our team.”

Conroy said the six additions come at the end of a “very strong” year with 23 lateral partner recruitments. With ­year-end approaching, he said the firm is expecting strong revenue growth.

In a statement, Chadbourne wished luck to Beckett, Thorn and Suskin. The firm noted growth in its arbitration practice and said it anticipates a busy year 
ahead.

“We are maintaining and are continuing to grow a robust arbitration practice in the U.S. and elsewhere,” Chadbourne’s ­statement said.

In its own statement about Libson and Starr’s departures, Pepper Hamilton said: “Jeff Libson had been with Pepper for more than 30 years and we value the contributions he made to the firm over that time. The firm wishes Jeff and Geoff all the best in the next chapter of their careers.”

Cooley , a California-based firm, has 900 lawyers in 12 offices, including 10 in the United States, one in Shanghai and one in London.

Lizzy McLellan can be contacted at ­215-557-2493 or lmclellan@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @LizzyMcLellTLI.