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After a bumpy couple of years focusing on cutting practice areas and lawyers, Howrey seems to have changed course by expanding into new markets such as New York and Munich, Germany. In New York, the firm brought on Thomas Engel and James McCarney of the litigation boutique Engel, McCarney & Kenney, along with six associates to anchor the firm’s Big Apple office. Robert Ruyak, Howrey chairman, says the New York market has turned into a hotbed for antitrust, securities, and corporate responsibility cases. Currently, the firm has more than 35 ongoing cases in New York. Howrey expects to have 20 lawyers in New York by January. The firm’s move into Germany signals the end of its expansion abroad, at least for now. “Munich kind of rounds it out for us, at least where we need to be,” says Ruyak. “[We were] missing Germany, which is very important because half of the [patent] cases are filed there.” That office will be run by Joachim Feldges, who was the managing partner of Clifford Chance’s Munich office before forming his own intellectual property boutique in 2004. Although Feldges will be based in Munich, he’ll also be working on cases filed in Dusseldorf. “In many ways, the last two years have been pretty much a confirmation of the [business] plan,” says Ruyak about slimming down Howrey’s number of practices. The proof of Howrey’s success will come once it finalizes its 2006 revenue. So far, Ruyak says he’s expecting at least 20 percent growth in Howrey’s bottom line.
Anna Palmer can be contacted at [email protected].

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