Stung by the defection of all of its partners in London and Moscow, Coudert Brothers is considering a lawsuit against Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, which hired the partners away. Coudert has retained Barry Ostrager, the co-head of litigation at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, to investigate whether Orrick and the departing partners breached confidences gained in merger discussions between the two firms. The loss has been a blow to Coudert: As other U.S. firms have expanded overseas, its stature has fallen.
Coudert Explores Action Over Defections to Orrick
New York Law Journal
May 26, 2005