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Several firms — notably Clifford Chance, Dewey Ballantine, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld — skimmed talent liberally from the foundering Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison before its collapse [see " Brobeck's Final Days"]. After the lights went out at the end of January, the mad scramble was on to recruit the rest. Here’s the post-collapse scorecard as of March 5.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius hired 150 attorneys, including Brobeck’s last chairman, Richard Odom, litigator Franklin “Brock” Gowdy, and 58 other partners. It opened offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Irvine, Calif. Roughly half of the group consists of litigators, but virtually every Brobeck practice group is represented in the additions. The firm expects to hire additional attorneys in the coming weeks. � Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker added 41 lawyers, including IP litigator Douglas Olson and nine other partners. Six partners will be located in a new San Diego office. Three partners will be in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco. � Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe nabbed 18 attorneys for its San Diego office, including former managing partner Richard Parker and five other partners. That group comprised the bulk of Brobeck’s San Diego business and technology group. � Eighteen attorneys, including heavyweight corporate lawyer Warren Lazarow, went to O’Melveny & Myers’ Menlo Park, Calif., office. � Dorsey & Whitney hired 17 attorneys for its Orange County, Calif., office, including seven partners in litigation, labor and employment, and business and technology. � Ten attorneys from two practices — information technology and communications and banking and financing — went to Baker & McKenzie’s San Francisco office. � Ten members of Brobeck’s Austin business and technology group moved to Andrews & Kurth’s Austin office, including Carmelo Gordian, who coheaded the business and technology group. � Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe hired 10 attorneys for its San Francisco, Menlo Park, and Los Angeles offices. They will add to Orrick’s private finance, bankruptcy, and debt restructuring group, as well as its employment law group. � Morrison & Foerster hired seven attorneys for its San Diego and San Francisco offices, expanding its life sciences corporate practice. � Weil, Gotshal & Manges added seven attorneys to its Silicon Valley office, including partner Rod Howard, who served as head of Brobeck’s national M&A practice, and corporate heavyweight Curtis Mo. � Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw’s New York office scooped up a six-attorney IT/outsourcing group, including Nigel Howard, head of Brobeck’s information technology group. � White & Case hired six finance partners in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and is in the process of hiring associates. � Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart will open offices in Los Angeles and Austin, following the hiring of five labor and employment attorneys. � Five attorneys, including product liability expert Debra Pole, went to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s Los Angeles office. � Four attorneys, including former cochair of the investment banking practice Stephen Riddick, went to Greenberg Traurig — three in Washington, D.C., and one in Tyson’s Corner, Va. � Three attorneys moved to the corporate practice group of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey’s Los Angeles office. � Bingham McCutchen acquired two attorneys in San Francisco, including partner George Hisert, who was with the former McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen from 1971 to 1993. � Other firms picking up one or two Brobeckers each included Covington & Burling; Proskauer Rose; Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman; Arnold & Porter; Venable; and Pillsbury Winthrop.

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