Jackson Lewis has expanded its workplace safety and health practice by hiring seven new partners in Washington, D.C., and Denver.
Six of the new partners come from Patton Boggs: HENRY CHAJET, BRIAN HENDRIX, ROBERT HORN, MARK SAVIT, AVIDAN MEYERSTEIN, and DONNA PRYOR. Partner TRESSI CORDARO comes over from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart.
Jackson Lewis chairman Vincent Cino praised the new hires and says he sees the workplace safety and health practice in those two offices expanding even further. "These lawyers brought clients with them, and are doing work for our existing clients," Cino says. "It's too good to be true."
Chajet says his group had been looking to move from Patton Boggs to another Am Law 100 firm for a while and found the perfect fit in labor and employment–focused Jackson Lewis, which complemented his practice more than a corporate law firm.
The firm's openness to letting its lawyers work alternative schedules was also a plus, Chajet says, since one partner in the group works at 60 percent of full time, another needs flexibility for family reasons, and a third spends one day a week on pro bono matters. "Jackson Lewis was very accepting of our partners contributing to our families and the greater good, and being able to have a flexible schedule is a serious issue these days," he says.
Chajet, Hendrix, Horn, Meyerstein, and Cordaro will be working in Washington, D.C. Savit and Pryor will be based in the firm's Denver office.
Asked about the mass departure, a Patton Boggs spokesman said Friday that the firm stands by the statement it released June 24 when news broke that 17 partners were leaving the firm. Since then, the individual names and new homes of the departing partners have slowly trickled out.
In its statement, Patton Boggs wishes the partners well and says, "Movements of this kind are a regular occurrence in an industry where the competitive environment has changed, and many leading firms are transitioning their work forces to compete more effectively. Although we regret partner departures, we, too, need to change to remain competitive. Patton Boggs has a sound underlying practice and a strong brand. We will continue to strengthen our firm through strategic hiring and acquisitions where they make sense."
In other Churn news . . .
A pair of labor and employment lawyers has joined Akerman Senterfitt's New York office after leaving Jackson Lewis. The new hires, shareholders MATTHEW STEINBERG and SAMANTHA ABEYSEKERA, practice a range of labor and employment law, including individual and class action matters.
JEFFERY MALLAMAD has left Bingham Greenebaum Doll and moved to Barnes & Thornburg's Indianapolis office. Mallamd is now a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's labor and employment law department.
Clyde & Co. has hired ROBERT FISHER and JAMES CHIN to run its recently launched office in Atlanta. Fisher and Chin will be partners at Clyde & Co. and will work for the firm’s civil litigation and dispute resolution practices. Both of the attorneys previously worked at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.
CHRISTOPHER MONTGOMERY is now with Dickinson Wright of counsel. Montgomery practices commercial real estate law and will be based in the firm's office in Columbus. He most recently worked at Bricker & Eckler.
MARGARET KEANE has lateraled from Littler Mendelson to DLA Piper in San Francisco. Keane will be a partner in the firm’s employment practice, specializing in a broad range of employment issues that includes restrictive covenant disputes, wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, and class actions. As reported in sibling publication The Recorder, Keane had joined Littler just over a year ago from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.
In San Francisco, KAREN SPINDLER has joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in the firm's life sciences practice. Before moving to Goodwin, Spindler worked at Kirkland & Ellis.
RUSSELL MARSH has come to Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the firm's Las Vegas office. Marsh will be a member of Greenberg's litigation practice, concentrating mainly on white-collar criminal defense matters in addition to commercial litigation. Marsh was previously chief of the criminal division for the U.S. attorney's office in the District of Nevada.
Hush Blackwell has hired a new attorney in its office in Kansas City, Missouri. STANLEY BAKER will now serve as senior counsel to the firm's intellectual property practice, where he will concentrate primarily on intellectual property law relating to the food and agribusiness industry. Baker, who is also a doctor of veterinary medicine, has come over from Kutak Rock.
K&L Gates has hired a new partner for its energy, infrastructure, and resources practice, ANTHONY FINE, who will be based out of the firm's London office. He was previously a partner at White & Case in London.
DAVID GOLDBERG has left his job at UBS to work at Katten Muchin Rosenman. He will be a partner in the firm's litigation and dispute resolution practice, based in New York.
A Mayer Brown tax transactions and consulting partner has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Charlotte. C. WELLS HALL III will be a partner and part of both the firm's federal and state tax practice group and its national health care group.
Paul Hastings has brought on a new partner in its mergers and acquisitions practice, JIMMY VALLEE. Previously with Jones Day, he will work out of the firm's Houston office.
Schiff Hardin has hired KEVIN TROCK as a partner in its San Francisco office. Trock, who recently left Alston & Bird, will practice intellectual property law.
Seyfarth Shaw's Houston office has welcomed SUZANNA BONHAM to its litigation practice. Bonham, who moves over to the firm from Schwartz, Junell, Greenberg & Oathout, will be a partner.
KEITH MATTHEWS has gone to Sidley Austin from the Environmental Protection Agency. He will be based out of the firm's Washington, D.C., office, where he will be counsel in the firm's environmental practice.
Administrative law judge ROBERT ROGERS has retired from the International Trade Commission and has gone to Steptoe & Johnson. At Steptoe, he will be practicing in the firm's intellectual property department in both Century City, California, and Washington, D.C.
MEGAN HOYT has joined Thompson & Knight's intellectual property practice as counsel. She will work in the firm's office in Dallas, concentrating mainly on trademark and copyright law. She came to Thompson & Knight from Patton Hoyt.
A former Republican chief counsel and deputy staff director for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee has joined Venable. ANDREW OLMEN will be a partner in Venable's financial services and legislative practices, in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.
JONATHAN YAROWSKY has left Patton Boggs to work at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner and as the chair of its legislative affairs and public policy practice. He will be based in Wilmer's office in Washington, D.C.
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