Carl M. Buchholz
As the former managing partner of Blank Rome and a longtime member of the firm's leadership, Buchholz's departure from Blank Rome created significant buzz in the local legal community.
At DLA Piper, Buchholz has been focusing on litigation and has added the new element of government relations to the Philadelphia office. Buchholz's longtime work in government relations dovetails well with DLA Piper's government affairs practice that exists in locations such as Washington, D.C., Chicago and on the West Coast. He also focuses his practice on regulatory matters and some corporate work.
Buchholz spent several years with Blank Rome on either end of a stint with President George W. Bush's administration. After leaving government, Buchholz returned to the firm to serve first as executive partner for three years and then as managing partner and chief executive officer from 2006 until 2011. He abruptly stepped down from that role in March 2011, just six months after being re-elected to a third three-year term. At the time, Buchholz said he was stepping down to return to full-time practice as well as to help the firm with business development.
Doreen S. Davis
Prominent labor lawyer Doreen S. Davis left Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in October to fulfill a dream of hers to practice in New York.
Davis joined the New York office of Jones Day. While at Morgan Lewis, she was the co-chairwoman of the firm's traditional labor practice, a subset of the firm's well-known labor and employment practice. She also ran the labor and employment practice within the firm's Pennsylvania offices.
Davis focuses her practice on representing management on issues surrounding collective bargaining and union organizing.
At the time of her departure, Davis said Jones Day had been looking for a senior attorney who focused solely on traditional labor law. She said Jones Day provided her a larger platform than Morgan Lewis.
Morgan Lewis noted at the time of Davis' departure that she was a very important contributor to the firm's labor practice.
"If someone asked you to name the top labor and employment lawyers in Philadelphia, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't put her in the top three," one recruiter said at the time of Davis' departure. "She has that kind of a reputation."