A New York trial judge has ruled that Nixon Peabody did not violate any laws or contracts when it hired a dozen Taylor Wessing partners this summer -- less than a year after agreeing to a two-year moratorium on recruiting from Taylor in the wake of failed merger talks. The judge's ruling calls into question the kind of noncompete agreements that make merger talks between firms possible, says Dreier name partner Marc Dreier, who represented Taylor Wessing in litigation stemming from those failed talks.
Judge: Nixon Peabody Didn't 'Steal' Taylor Wessing Partners
The American Lawyer
September 17, 2008