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Former Sedgwick partner Traci Ribeiro, who left the firm last month after settling a gender bias suit against the firm earlier this year, has found a new home at Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff.
Reached by phone late Tuesday, Ribeiro (pictured right) declined to discuss her departure from Sedgwick and referred inquiries to her new firm’s press release, which noted that she will join Foran Glennon’s Chicago office with former Sedgwick insurance coverage and litigation counsel James Baffa. The two were part of a group of several Sedgwick lawyers leaving different offices at the firm after Labor Day.
In New York, Sedgwick’s former local managing partner and insurance practice head John Blancett led a team heading to British firm Kennedys, which in May agreed to absorb New Jersey-based Carroll, McNulty & Kull, a 100-lawyer firm known for its insurance expertise. The combined firm is now known in the U.S. as Kennedys CMK.
Blancett focuses his practice on advising insurers on investigations, litigation and mediation. The other Sedgwick partners joining Kennedys CMK include insurance disputes partner Christopher Novak and insurance partner Matthew Ferguson, as well as three associates.
“John and his team’s arrival is a significant move for our financial institutions practice, and will raise our U.S. profile quite considerably,” said a statement by Nick Thomas, re-elected earlier this year as Kennedys’ senior partner. “In addition to complementing our U.S. offering, the team will significantly strengthen our London market capabilities, which is crucial for international financial institutions.”
In Florida, Sedgwick maritime and admiralty litigator Charles Davant—who had been promoted to partner in the firm’s Miami office in January—left to join Fowler White Burnett in nearby Fort Lauderdale, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review. Sedgwick shuttered its Fort Lauderdale office last year.
As for Ribeiro and Baffa, both new Foran Glennonr hires represent insurers litigation complex insurance coverage matters, such as construction defect, environmental, personal and advertising injury cases, as well as professional liability and bad faith claims. Foran Glennon is a roughly 65-lawyer firm with offices in Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, London, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and Southern California.
“With Foran Glennon’s seven offices across the country, Traci and Jim look forward to continuing to represent their clients nationwide,” the firm said in its announcement.
Ribero, who joined Sedgwick in 2011, settled her gender bias claim against the firm in April after it was sent to arbitration. Over the past few months, dozens of Sedgwick lawyers have headed for the doors as the firm dramatically downsized its Dallas office and shuttered other outposts in Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale; Houston; and Washington, D.C. The latter office closed its doors last month after Troutman Sanders hired Sedgwick’s last two partners in the nation’s capital.
Sedgwick suffered another blow last week when Robinson & Cole swooped down on the firm for 12 lawyers in New York and Miami, including insurance coverage partner Lawrence Klein and health care and benefits partner Michael Bernstein. In Sedgwick’s hometown of San Francisco, the firm recently saw longtime construction disputes counsel Maria Giardina join Troutman Sanders’ office in the city, where Jackson Lewis snagged Sedgwick counsel Denise Trani-Moss earlier this year as a partner for its workplace law practice.