Alexander Hadjis. (Courtesy photo)
As Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft shifts to focus on its Wall Street roots, the firm saw intellectual property partner Alexander Hadjis leave its office in Washington, D.C., this week for Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt.
Hadjis, who joined Cadwalader in early 2014 from Morrison & Foerster, served as chair of the firm’s International Trade Commission (ITC) group and co-chair of its technology industry practice. Hadjis will now work out of Oblon’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
“I am thrilled to join Oblon,” said Hadjis in a statement issued by his new firm Tuesday. “With its outstanding reputation and its deep expertise across critical IP subspecialties, [Oblon] is well-positioned to thrive in today’s demanding IP litigation marketplace.”
At Oblon, which re-branded itself in 2015 following the retirement of former name partner Marvin Spivak, Hadjis will be a member of its litigation and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) practices. Hadjis founded the ITC practice at Cadwalader with former MoFo colleague Kristin Yohannan, who left Cadwalader last summer to join Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. (Yohannan is now special counsel at Milbank in Washington, D.C.)
At MoFo, Hadjis served as co-chair of the firm’s IP practice. He joined MoFo in June 2008 with Yohannan and Silicon Valley-based partner Rudy Kim from Dentons predecessor Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, a lateral move that quickly took on a life of its own.
The American Lawyer reported at the time on Sonnenschein’s claim that it asked Hadjis to step down from his practice leadership role and leave the firm with a small group of other IP litigators. Hadjis maintained that his team’s decision to leave the firm came ahead of a large round of layoffs at Sonnenschein that year. Hadjis did not return a request for comment Tuesday.
As for Cadwalader, the 438-lawyer firm saw its gross revenue dip slightly in 2016, to $452 million, as it grappled with a strategic decision to refocus itself on a client base that includes big banks, financial institutions, large corporations and hedge funds. As part of that effort, Cadwalader has sought to bolster practices best suited to meeting those clients’ needs.
Earlier this year, Cadwalader closed its Houston office and broke up its energy and commodities group, moves that came on the heels of a decision by the firm late last year to shutter its offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. The Asian Lawyer, a sibling publication, reported last week on Baker McKenzie bringing on Cadwalader M&A partner Rose Zhu in Beijing. That hire came only a few weeks after Perkins Coie picked up Cadwalader IP litigation partner Johnny Chiu in the Chinese capital and Stephenson Harwood added Cadwalader M&A partner Jane Ng in Hong Kong.
Dechert, which in January added a Cadwalader antitrust team in Brussels led by office head Alec Burnside, also bagged Cadwalader corporate partner Stephen Chan in Hong Kong. Cadwalader’s Asia managing partner Rocky Chan left the firm’s Hong Kong office earlier this year to join King & Wood Mallesons, according to The Asian Lawyer.
In London, where Cadwalader earned nearly $50 million in gross revenue during its most recent fiscal year, the firm saw corporate partner Angus Duncan decamp last month for Winston & Strawn. March also saw Jones Day hire Cadwalader tax partner Richard Nugent in New York, where special counsel Gillian Moldowan recently joined Shearman & Sterling as counsel in its corporate governance and executive compensation group.
Cadwalader did announce in December its promotion of 10 lawyers to partner. It was the firm’s largest new partner class since 1993. Cadwalader has also hired corporate special counsel Daniel Raglan and Eric Waxman in New York from Baker McKenzie and Long Island’s Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, where they were both partners, respectively. Cadwalader welcomed William White, a former longtime partner at North Carolina’s Moore & Van Allen, as an environmental law counsel for its Charlotte office.
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