Mark Dombroff appearing on C-SPAN
Mark Dombroff appearing on C-SPAN ()

Dentons’ former U.S. aviation group has landed at LeClairRyan, and it’s larger than what first appeared on the horizon.

In late August, The National Law Journal reported that Virginia-based partner Mark Dombroff would move his aviation group from the global legal giant to the smaller but nationally expansive LeClairRyan.

Ultimately, nine lawyers will make the trip to the Richmond, Virginia-based firm. Dombroff and Diane Westwood Wilson, a New York-based former co-head of the aviation and aerospace practice at Dentons, will be shareholders and practice heads at LeClairRyan.

Joining them are five partners: Thomas Almy, Morgan Campbell, James Eastwood, Allan Horowitz and Mark McKinnon. Cecilia Littleton, a counsel, and Erin Rivera, an associate, are also making the move to LeClairRyan with the group. Another eight staff members will join them from Dentons for a total of 17 new LeClairRyan employees.

Dombroff and Westwood Wilson’s practices have specialized in counseling airlines after crashes. 

The departures mark the fourth time this year a flight-related group left Dentons, after an aircraft finance partner in London moved to Vedder Price in Singapore, a pair of drone lawyers went to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and two satellite and aerospace finance lawyers joined Reed Smith.

Aviation groups have been flitting from firm to firm with a high frequency this year, with Jenner & Block bringing on a former practice leader at Crowell & Moring and Baker McKenzie picking up a pair of aerospace industry pros from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C.

One year ago, LeClairRyan lost a four-partner aviation team in New Jersey. The firm has historically represented airline industry clients, especially in litigation.

“The team’s substantial regulatory and litigation talent, added to our full-service platform, will greatly enhance the depth and breadth of services we already provide to our clients,” said a Tuesday statement announcing the Dentons hires by Elizabeth Acee, a New Haven, Connecticut-based head of LeClairRyan’s litigation department.