You know the government lawyers who joined the top firms in the nation’s capital last year. And you’ve probably heard about the mergers to come for some in the city. But for reflection’s sake as a hectic 2016 comes to a close, let’s revisit the lateral group moves, from one Big Law shop to another, that redesigned Washington, D.C.’s legal landscape over the past 12 months.
7. Wiley Watch. Something may be amiss at Wiley Rein, the well-regarded firm named for co-founders Richard Wiley and Bert Rein that specializes in telecommunications and regulatory work. The firm is no longer the partnership run by longtime chairman Wiley and vice chair Rein. Many of Wiley’s closest colleagues moved to other firms in recent months, with Verizon Wireless Inc. litigator Andrew McBride jumping to Perkins Coie after some medical time off and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell joining Cooley. R. Michael Senkowski, who has been Wiley’s right-hand telecom colleague dating back to the 1970s, moved to DLA Piper with Wiley Rein partners Nancy Victory and Eric DeSilva. Just this week, Wiley Rein also lost insurance appellate group leader Laura Foggan to Crowell & Moring. Appellate litigation departures have become commonplace at Wiley Rein, with Foggan’s move following appellate co-chair Helgi Walker’s defection to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2013 and partners William Consovoy and Thomas McCarthy’s decision in 2014 to start their own appellate boutique.
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