The chair of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ employment group is leaving to launch his own boutique in downtown San Jose, Calif., in what he described as a “long-held dream.”

John Fox will take two senior associates, Jay Wang and Alexa Morgan, as his partners to launch Fox, Wang & Morgan. His wife, Donna Fox, former senior labor counsel to US Air, will also join the new firm as an associate; he is looking to hire one more.