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Troutman Sanders has picked up five partners with deep experience in litigation, insurance and reinsurance from Crowell & Moring, expanding the Atlanta-based firm on two coasts.

William O’Neill and Leslie Davis, who were co-chairs of Crowell & Moring’s insurance/reinsurance group, are joining in Washington, D.C., along with partner Michael Carolan. Jack Thomas, former managing partner of Crowell & Moring’s London office, is joining Troutman’s New York office. In California, the firm added Steven Allison, former managing partner of Crowell’s Orange County office.

“The five of us who moved were attracted to the platform of the firm as a whole,” O’Neill said. “And then we were attracted to the fact also that it views insurance, reinsurance, as one of its core strategic imperatives.”

“Insurance is one of the firm’s strengths and core areas, and we have been focused on continuing to expand the depth and breadth of our practice,” said Tony Jones, chair of Troutman Sanders’ specialized litigation department and a partner in its insurance and reinsurance practice, in a statement.

The moves come after Deirdre Johnson and Paul Kalish left Crowell for Squire Patton Boggs in February. Kalish also formerly co-chaired Crowell’s insurance and reinsurance group while Johnson led Crowell’s professional liability and financial lines practice.

A Crowell spokesman said in an email that the firm appreciated the contributions of the departing partners and wished them well. The Crowell spokesman said the insurance/reinsurance group’s new chair is Laura Foggan, who joined Crowell from Wiley Rein in January 2017.

“Our practice is a long-standing leader in the insurance/reinsurance area, and we’re also actively advising both insurers and insurtech companies as they pursue new opportunities and navigate disruption presented by the digital economy, including cybersecurity coverage issues, blockchain applications, and coverage issues stemming from connected products,” the Crowell representative said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to grow our practice and bench under Laura’s leadership.”

O’Neill declined to name specific clients that would be joining him in the move, but said his group is “really pleased” with the loyalty of its clients, particularly in the life reinsurance area and insurance coverage and insurance bankruptcy work, to name a few aspects of their business.

“As an individual it was a difficult move to make,” O’Neill said of leaving Crowell for Troutman. After considering “another opportunity or two” that he declined to identify, O’Neill said it was “ultimately easy” for the group to settle on their new firm.