Law firms rarely acknowledge the tension underlining any lateral attorney move. But Eric Lenzen’s move from Husch Blackwell to Am Law 200 firm Dykema, as part of a wider expansion into Milwaukee announced Monday, is a rare exception.

In a statement to, Husch said it fired Lenzen, a corporate partner, in summer 2021 after learning about what it deemed “highly irregular activity.” Nonetheless, Husch said, Lenzen actively encouraged the firm’s Milwaukee lawyers to join another firm with him.