Separately, Brady, who chaired the firm's business law group and the information security, electronic discovery and records management group, joined Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in February.
According to sources in the Delaware legal community, the firm's commercial litigation unit was said to have been struggling in the wake of their departures. Sources say that the firm has laid off some support staff and associates in recent weeks, while one source said that some attorneys are working reduced hours.
Connolly Bove, which is headquartered in Wilmington, also has offices in Newark, Del.; Los Angeles; and Washington, D.C. It is not known how the breakup will impact the firm's regional offices.
Founded in 1944 in Wilmington, Connolly Bove began as an intellectual property firm but added a business practice shortly after its opening. The Washington office was launched in 2001 in order for the firm to have a closer presence to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other government entities, according to its website. In 2005, Connolly Bove opened the Los Angeles office, followed by a second Delaware office, in Newark, in 2011.
The Newark office was opened in order to capitalize on the area's transformation into a technology hub.
Connolly Bove boasts several Fortune 100 companies among its intellectual property clients, including Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., BASF Corp., Bayer AG, Eastman Kodak Co. and Pfizer Inc.
The firm's commercial litigation clients include Credit Suisse Group, Ford Motor Co., Hyatt Corp., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Verizon Communications Inc. and Wells Fargo.