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Early last year, when David Brodsky, then general counsel of Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation, began eyeballing a return to the law firm world, he set down some criteria. The firm had to be on CSFB’s preferred counsel list. It had to have an “established but growing” securities litigation practice. And, he adds, the firm had to have a “top-flight global reputation.” Brodsky, 58, says those criteria led him to the New York office of Los Angeles-based Latham & Watkins. But he already had a head start getting to know that firm. As chair of New York-based Schulte Roth & Zabel’s litigation department in the 1990s, Brodsky represented Latham in a lawsuit stemming from the bankruptcy of a Latham client. “That’s when I met a lot of the partners, and really grew to appreciate how strong Latham’s securities practice truly was,” Brodsky recalls. “When I looked at them again last year, I really liked what I saw.” The feeling was mutual. Latham brought the Harvard Law School graduate aboard in September and immediately appointed him cochair of its securities and professional liability practice group, alongside Los Angeles-based partner Peter Devereaux and Laurie Smilan, who is a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati alum. Brodksy says he’s now spending close to 100 percent of his time working on litigation (but not the Arthur Andersen/Enron case, due to a conflict of interest stemming from his Credit Suisse days). He’s also found time to beef up the firm’s securities practice and start a securities newsletter that gives clients periodic “alerts” when important securities issues arise. Brodsky had been with CSFB since 1999. He liked the work there, he says, but was itching for a change. That’s partly why he chose Latham over his former firm, Schulte Roth. “I wanted a new challenge and a change of scenery,” he says. Turns out the scenery wasn’t entirely unfamiliar.

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