Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin has lost a partner in its litigation group to Dechert. H. Joseph Escher, a 26-year veteran of Howard Rice, joined Dechert’s San Francisco office Tuesday.

Howard Rice also announced Tuesday that the partnership has elected Lawrence Rabkin as chairman and managing director, effective Oct. 1. He succeeds Stuart Lipton, who announced two months ago that he would be stepping down after seven years at the helm.