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.