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Lawyers’ firm swapping usually slows down once bonus time nears, but two longtime DLA Piper partners bucked the trend last week, jumping to Cooley Godward Kronish. Gregory Smith, chairman of DLA Piper’s government contracts practice, and Kevin Mullen, who was co-leader of the firm’s General Services Administration leasing and compliance team, left to start Cooley’s government contracts practice. Smith notes Cooley’s smaller size, fewer client conflicts, and California client base as reasons for his move. “I think the high-tech company base, which Cooley’s known for, is becoming a more important player in the government contract area,” says Smith. Ann Ford, managing partner of DLA Piper’s D.C. office, declined to discuss the departures, except to say in an e-mail, “[W]e respect them and wish them well.” DLA Piper’s government contracts practice has suffered in the past couple of years from defections, including that of Robert Nichols, now a partner at Miller & Chevalier, and former partner Thomas Wheeler, who was nominated by President George W. Bush to a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. DLA Piper has already moved to replace Smith, appointing Richard Rector as head of the practice. Last week the firm hired Jack Levy, an international trade counsel at WilmerHale. Levy, who had been with WilmerHale since 1998, will join DLA Piper as a partner next month.
Anna Palmer can be contacted at [email protected].

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