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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has snared three lawyers from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary for its securities litigation and white-collar practices. Edward Davis Jr., who co-chaired Gray Cary’s white-collar criminal practice group, joined Orrick’s San Francisco office Monday as a partner. Susan Resley, who focuses on securities enforcement, internal investigations and Sarbanes-Oxley, becomes a partner in Orrick’s Palo Alto office. Pamela Davis, who was a deputy district attorney in Contra Costa County before working at Gray Cary, joins as of counsel in Orrick’s litigation practice group. “They augment our capabilities in white-collar defense, SEC investigations and related securities and other litigation,” said Joseph Malkin, partner-in-charge in Orrick’s San Francisco office. He cited specifically Resley’s past experience working in the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles and Pamela Davis and Edward Davis’ combined 10 years of prosecutorial experience and their 30 years in white-collar defense. (Davis and Davis aren’t related.) Edward Davis said he went to Orrick in part as a result of his connection with former Gray Cary partner Walter Brown Jr., now in Orrick’s white-collar criminal defense practice. Brown, also formerly a prosecutor in the criminal division of the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, is defending ex-McKesson executive Richard Hawkins along with Orrick partner Melinda Haag. “I was attracted to the opportunity of working with Walt and having more of a critical mass on the West Coast,” said Davis. “I saw what he could do at Orrick with his practice.” He said all three Gray Cary lawyers moved because of the opportunities afforded by Orrick, rather than out of any desire to leave DLA. Still, he conceded that his old firm had changed since its historic three-way merger. “[Gray Cary] was a terrific firm, and with the merger it will now be a different firm,” said Davis. “I am sure it will be successful, but it is not Gray Cary.” Davis, known also for representing The San Jose Mercury News and Mother Jones magazine, said that five years ago he decided to focus more exclusively on white-collar defense work. His former colleague at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, James Chadwick, continues to represent many of these clients. Resley’s past experience includes investigating the financial collapse of Orange County. Her background also involves experience as a securities regulator and plaintiff’s class action lawyer. During her days as a deputy DA in Contra Costa County, Pamela Davis took more than 60 jury cases to verdict and was part of the task force deciding which cases to prosecute under California’s Three Strikes law.

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