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Latham & Watkins launched its Boston office a little more than a year ago with just seven lateral attorneys. After Tuesday’s addition of former Goodwin Procter litigation partners Kenneth Parsigian, Gwyn Williams, and William “B.J.” Trach, the office’s lawyer head count has swelled to 27. Parsigian—whose practice focuses on product liability matters and class actions and whom Latham is installing as the chair of its Boston litigation department—brings with him two key clients: Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, and Altria spinoff Philip Morris International. He has served as lead counsel for the tobacco industry giants in dozens of mass tort and RICO suits going back more than a decade. Last year, sibling publication The Am Law Litigation Daily named Parsigian a Litigator of the Week for successfully defending Philip Morris USA in what began as a multibillion-dollar lawsuit brought by the City of St. Louis and dozens of hospitals against multiple tobacco companies over the cost of treating patients with smoking-related illnesses. (Parsigian is not the only Latham litigator with Philip Morris ties. Washington, D.C., litigation partner Allen Gardner recently won a pair of jury verdicts on behalf of Philip Morris USA in California state court in Los Angeles, according to his Latham bio.)  Williams, who represents Philip Morris as well, also works on mass tort and product liability matters. Trach handles white-collar crime and government investigations, as well as civil litigation. Phil Rossetti, managing partner of Latham’s Boston office, said in a statement that the three incoming attorneys will serve as “an excellent anchor team” for the firm’s litigation practice in the city.  “We have already established robust corporate, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and emerging companies practices here, so the addition of these talented litigators makes it clear that Latham’s Boston office will continue to grow and offer a broad and deep set of practice capabilities to our local and global clients,” Rossetti said in the statement.

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