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DANIEL CUNNINGHAM, 52 Old Home: New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore New Digs: New York office of London’s Allen & Overy, in March 2001 Practice: An M&A heavyweight at Cravath, Cunningham’s book of business includes work for the International Swaps And Derivatives Association Inc. and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Why: In the contest to land the biggest lateral fish, Allen & Overy wins. The firm has openly dismissed Clifford Chance’s method of U.S. expansion through megamerger, choosing instead to grow by smaller bites. Those who doubted the Allen & Overy method will now have to square that view with Cunningham’s move, unheard of at Cravath for generations. For his part, Cunningham expresses nothing but affection for his former firm, describing his 23 years at Cravath as “wonderful.” But it was time for a change. Cunningham wanted a firm that, unlike Cravath, viewed derivatives work as a priority and also had “a better support base internationally.” Since joining last spring, Cunningham has built his own team of Cravath alums at Allen & Overy — Eric Shube and Marun Jazbik (partners at Houston’s Vinson & Elkins); A. Peter Harwich (Unilever PLC); Henry Morgenbesser (White & Case); and Kenneth Rivlin (associate at Cravath, now environmental counsel at Allen & Overy). And Cunningham promises to add to this list in the near future.

CORINNE BALL, 48 Old Home: New York’s Weil, Gotshal & Manges New Digs: New York office of Cleveland’s Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, in May 2001 Tag-Alongs: Partners Paul Leake and John Rapisardi came over from Weil Gotshal in August to join Ball as co-heads of Jones Day’s restructuring practice in New York Practice: A bankruptcy all-star, Ball does it all — debtor and creditor, domestic and international, out-of-court restructurings and in-court proceedings — and has recently worked with such high-profile clients as Globalstar LP, and a major bondholders committee in the Enron Corp. case. Why: Is there any higher orbit in which a bankruptcy lawyer can travel than Harvey Miller’s at planet Weil? For Ball, a bankruptcy luminary in her own right, the chance to form her own solar system at the New York office of Jones Day had greater gravitational pull. “I arrived as a force of one,” Ball says of the move last spring, “never doubting that I’d have a group of 10 here.” Ball had reached that goal by the end of 2001, with two more recruits in near sight. She did pluck two Weil partners for her new team but had no intention of causing bad blood by ravaging Miller’s department. “I wanted to start off absolutely on a high note,” she adds. Ball found the more international bent of Jones Day’s practice an asset, noting that in today’s economy the type of clients that need her level of expertise are going to be global. “And it’s important,” she adds, “that you be there for them — in, London, in Frankfurt and in Asia.”

TERRENCE MCMAHON, 52 Old Home: The Menlo Park, Calif., office of San Francisco’s Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe New Digs: The Menlo Park office of Chicago’s McDermott, Will & Emery, in January 2001 Tag-Alongs: Robert Blanch Jr. followed in April. (He was an associate at Orrick and became a partner at McDermott.) Practice: McMahon had chaired Orrick’s IP group and now heads up McDermott’s West Coast IP practice; his clients include Advanced Micro Devices Inc.; Broadcom Corporation; Ericsson Inc.; and Seagate Technology Inc. Why: McMahon thought long and hard — for two full years, in fact — before jumping ship to McDermott. He says he loved the people at Orrick, but that, in the end, McDermott’s full-range IP practice — which, unlike Orrick’s, includes prosecution and International Trade Commission work — won him over. McDermott’s offices (with IP attorneys) in Boston; Chicago; London; Washington, D.C.; and Orange County, Calif., also meant better service for his clients, adds McMahon.

SETH WAXMAN, 50 Old Home: U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as solicitor general New Digs: Washington, D.C.’s Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, in September 2001 Practice: Working in the firm’s litigation department, Waxman plans to meld three areas of his expertise — complex civil and criminal litigation, policy work, and appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Why: Waxman did not want for choices when leaving government at the end of the Clinton administration. More than 50 firms threw offers his way. “I had to do triage from the dozen or two that sounded good,” he says. His criteria included the quality of the firm and its attorneys, of course, but Waxman also wanted “a Washington-centric institution.” Wilmer managed a major coup in nabbing Waxman, reminding better-known Supreme Court appellate hotshots that it’s no slouch either.

CHARLES NATHAN, 60 Old Home: New York’s Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson New Digs: New York office of Los Angeles’ Latham & Watkins, in February 2001 Practice: Co-chair of Latham’s global M&A practice; Nathan’s clients include Hughes Electronics Corp. and Sabre Holdings Corp. Why: Looking toward the future, Nathan saw two successful models for law firm practice — the premier boutiques like Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and the firms that were planting flags all over the globe. In moving to Latham, Nathan invested himself in the latter. While Fried Frank has small outposts overseas, the firm doesn’t have the “strategic global vision” of Latham, says Nathan. And having seen the finance world from most every angle in his career — which has included partnership at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton; work on the inside at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., and Salomon Smith Barney Holdings Inc.; and, most recently his partnership at Fried Frank — Nathan found “the opportunity to help build a global M&A practice” at Latham an irresistible one.

BARBARA CAULFIELD, 54 Old Home: San Francisco’s Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe New Digs: Santa Clara, Calif.’s Affymetrix Inc. in July 2001 Practice: Executive vice president and general counsel for the biotechnology outfit, overseeing IP litigation Why: There wasn’t much legal ground left for Caulfield to cover. By last July, when she hopped to the top legal spot at Affymetrix (maker of the GeneChip system used to research the human genome), Caulfield had already been a partner at two other firms (Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and Latham & Watkins), taught law, and even served three years on the federal bench (she concedes it was a “dream job” except in financial terms). Caulfield had been in-house before, too, as chief litigation counsel for Pacific Bell Telephone Co., but a biotech company like Affymetrix presents legal issues novel even for a seasoned litigator like Caulfield. “It’s almost like every IP and litigation issue is a case of first impression,” she says. And with the big looming question in this field — whether and how naturally occurring genes can be patented — still unresolved, Caulfield says she will stay in less-charted legal territory for the foreseeable future.

WALTER CONNOLLY JR., 59 Old Home: Detroit’s Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone New Digs: Detroit office of Milwaukee’s Foley & Lardner, in October 2000 Tag-Alongs: Partner Raymond Carey and three associates from the labor and employment group Practice: Labor and employment, having acted as lead defense counsel in 80 class actions, including suits against Brown University and Kmart Corp. Why: Foley did its homework before setting up shop in the Motor City in October 2000. The firm knew it had a major client, Visteon Corp., in tow, and with Connolly, Foley also had one of Detroit’s biggest rainmakers on board. Since then, Foley has continued to pluck partners and associates from Detroit’s local firms. It was the appeal of a national firm that lured Connolly; he describes his practice as national in scope, and Foley has 17 domestic offices in seven states while Miller Canfield has only three outside of Michigan. Connolly says he’s already seen the positive effects of the switch, with his book of business projected to quadruple in 2002, from his last year at Miller Canfield.

WINTHROP BROWN, 53 Old Home: Washington, D.C.’s Shaw Pittman New Digs: Washington, D.C., office of New York’s Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, in June 2001 Tag-Alongs: One associate Practice: Financial institutions regulatory Why: If you’re a banking lawyer representing foreign banks, a D.C. firm can cramp your international style. That was the case for Brown. After 27 years in Shaw Pittman’s financial institutions group, which he chaired before leaving, Brown wanted a new challenge — and a bigger platform. Brown found Milbank’s stronger and more international transactional group, which has offices in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, better suited to his practice. When your clients are all over the globe, he says, “it helps a great deal to be with a firm that has offices in these foreign markets.”

JEFFREY SMITH, 49 Old Home: New York’s Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New Digs: New York office of Atlanta’s King & Spalding, in January 2001 Tag-Alongs: Partners Steven Brody, Scott Eckas and Susan DiCicco (associate at Cadwalader; partner at King & Spalding); a second wave of Cadwalader defectors came in July with bankruptcy partners Mitchell Sonkin and Lawrence Larose. Practice: Litigation for clients such as The Bank of New York, Inc., Credit Suisse First Boston, and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Why: Size and diversity lured Smith to King & Spalding. About half of the firm’s 700 lawyers work in litigation, as opposed to fewer than a quarter of Cadwalader’s 450 attorneys, Smith says. The heavy concentration in financial services work at Cadwalader, with financial institutions making up the bulk of the firm’s top clients, added to Smith’s decision.

CHARLES “RICK” RULE, 46 Old Home: Washington, D.C.’s Covington & Burling New Digs: Washington, D.C., office of New York’s Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, in January 2001 Tag-Alongs: Partner Deborah Garza, who had become head of Covington’s antitrust group when Rule left the post but stayed only two months before joining him at Fried Frank. Practice: Head of antitrust, with clients such as WorldCom Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. Why: What does every big-time D.C. antitrust lawyer wish for? A big-time Wall Street practice to funnel him work. Rule saw “synergies” between his antitrust practice and Fried Frank’s corporate work and capitalized on it. Rule’s already helping his new firm wed the two practice groups, with Fried Frank having handled both the corporate and antitrust work on Northrop Grumman Corp.’s recent acquisition of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc.

RICHARD RUDDER, 60 Old Home: New York’s Willkie Farr & Gallagher New Digs: New York office of Baker & McKenzie, in September 2001 Tag-Alongs: Partner David Wolin and four associates Practice: Asset- and mortgage-backed securitization work for clients such as Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. Why: Securitization has long been big in America, but the potential for work overseas is now very real. To get this work, however, overseas offices may be key. Or so Rudder reasoned in switching jobs. “Having a much greater international reach was the primary motivation,” Rudder says. “Willkie has a strong Paris office, but Baker has a strong presence everywhere.” He adds that having offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America will be particularly important for the future, as those are areas where he sees this practice growing.

MARK BARNES, 41 Old Home: New York’s Proskauer Rose New Digs: New York office of Boston’s Ropes & Gray, in September 2001 Tag-Alongs: Two associates Practice: Health care for clients such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Why: When Ropes & Gray’s New York health care practice became too big to be run out of the Boston office, the firm looked for local talent to manage it. “It got to the point,” says William Knowlton, chair of the firm’s health care group, “where we needed an on-the-ground guy.” Barnes was the logical choice. For Barnes, Ropes & Gray offered size. At Proskauer, he was one of only two full-time health care partners in the New York office and found he had to make himself a quick expert on too wide a spectrum of issues. In his new post, the former associate commissioner of health for New York City works with more than 70 attorneys who (at least some of the time) handle a variety of health care issues, ranging from research to management contracts.

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