Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan has landed five more lawyers from Dow Lohnes—this time in Washington—after recruiting four lawyers from Dow Lohnes' Atlanta office in August.

Three partners made the move: William Dudzinsky Jr., Michael Hepburn and Paul Lang, along with Meredith O'Leary as counsel and Andrea Gehman, a senior attorney. Dudzinsky practices corporate law in the tech, media and telecom industries and the other four focus on employee benefits, compensation and employment law.

They are the latest to leave Dow Lohnes after a major client, Cox Enterprises, decided to spread its legal work among more firms.

In an unusual twist, Cox has said it will continue using Dow Lohnes lawyers for communications law, a practice housed in the firm's Washington headquarters, but will only keep using lawyers in other practices if they move to other firms.

"Sutherland has long advised leading cable and telecommunications companies on their tax and benefits matters, and these lawyers enhance our tax and benefits services while expanding our range of industry service across all facets of transactional work, employment law and litigation," said W. Mark Smith, the head of Sutherland's employee benefits and executive compensation practice, in a statement.

Until now, all the Dow Lohnes departures have been from the Atlanta office. It has shrunk by half since Cox's decision—from 29 lawyers in July to 15 lawyers. Lawyers have gone to firms including Sutherland, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Wargo & French and Sheley, Hall & Williams.

Dow Lohnes now has 73 lawyers in Washington, according to its website.