06/18/15- Miami- Sedgwick LLP, logo in Miami office reception area. (J. Albert Diaz)
Senior-level attorneys continue to leave Sedwick, with the latest departures coming in Chicago, where office managing partner Eric Scheiner has joined the local office of U.K. insurance specialist Kennedys along with partners Dick Geddes and Jennifer Quinn Broda.
The San Francisco-based firm shed 15 partners in January alone: Nine in Dallas, who left to launch Drinker Biddle & Reath’s office there; and six in Newark, New Jersey, who established a litigation boutique—Tanenbaum Keale.
Other notable recent departures from Sedgwick include two class action products liability partners, who moved to Crowell & Moring in Washington in June, and a four-partner insurance coverage team joined Robinson & Cole in August. Partner Traci Ribeiro joined Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff in September after settling a gender discrimination complaint against Sedgwick.
Sedgwick chair Michael Healy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The latest departures offer a further boost to Kennedys’ U.S. presence, following its combination in May with 100-lawyer insurance law firm Carroll McNulty & Kull. The firm now has 100 insurance lawyers across five offices in the United States.
Scheiner becomes the second Sedgwick office managing partner to join Kennedys in the past month, after New York head John Blancett moved to the U.K. firm as part of a three-partner team in September.
Kennedys senior partner Nick Thomas said in a statement that the hires “reinforce our global strategy of being the go-to firm for the insurance sector.”
It caps an eventful week for Kennedys, which on Monday announced the opening of offices in Bangkok and Paris.
Kennedys, which posted an 8 percent rise in revenue in the last fiscal year, has now launched nine new international offices so far in 2017 and also recently merged with Manchester, England-based insurance firm Berg. That deal followed less than 12 months after Kennedys combined with London marine and shipping boutique Waltons & Morse.
Kennedys isn’t the only U.K.-based insurance law firm to have developed a strong U.S. presence. London-based Clyde & Co has invested heavily in the U.S. market over the past five years. It launched in Los Angeles, CA this summer—its ninth office in the U.S.