As merger talks between Heller Ehrman and Mayer Brown ended on Monday, news came that at least 15 IP partners were leaving the San Francisco firm for Covington & Burling. News of the departures had come in over the weekend and into Monday, according to one source, but whether the announcements precipitated the end of the merger talks or vice versa is unclear. The failure to secure the latest potential merger puts Heller in a difficult position, but all is not lost, recruiters and consultants said.
Partners Leave Heller as Mayer Backs Off
September 16, 2008