Winston & Strawn made news last week with its hire of 10 lawyers from McDermott Will & Emery, including Washington, D.C.-based partner David Rogers. He had led McDermott’s employee benefits practice and was recently a candidate to take over as chair of the firm.
Winston on Thursday announced the names of the eight other employee benefits-focused partners and one counsel who will join the firm, and Rogers is far from the lone prominent partner making the move.
The firm announced that Nancy Gerrie, a former managing partner of McDermott’s Chicago office who also co-chaired the firm’s qualified plans affinity group, will now co-chair Winston’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice with Scott Landau, the current New York-based chair of the group.
“This group complements and strengthens our already strong EBEC Practice,” Tom Fitzgerald, Winston’s chairman, said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome and integrate this prestigious group of practitioners to the firm, which underscores our commitment to strategic growth in key practice areas and markets.”
Among the new lawyers, seven will be based in Chicago and three in the nation’s capital. Apart from Gerrie and Rogers, they include:
- Partner Amy Gordon, who co-chaired McDermott’s health and welfare affinity group.
- Partner Susan Nash, who co-chaired McDermott’s health and welfare affinity group.
- Partner Joseph Adams, who co-chaired McDermott’s executive compensation affinity group.
- Partner Bill Merten, who will chair Winston’s employee stock ownership practice after serving in the same leadership role at McDermott.
- Partner Susan Peters Schaefer, who was a prior chair of McDermott’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciary and investments affinity group.
- Partner Erin Kartheiser, who focuses on retirement and health and welfare plans, worked at Winston for 14 years before leaving for McDermott.
- Partner Joanna Kerpen, based in Washington, D.C., advises on health and welfare plan compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Affordable Care Act.
- Counsel Brian Benko, based in Washington, D.C., advises on a broad array of employee benefit and executive compensation matters.
“With the addition of this top-ranked EBEC team, we will now be able to offer our corporate clients a broader and more complete human resources service offering,” Landau said.
The move is the second large lateral group hire by Winston this year. In February, Winston opened a Dallas office by poaching 26 partners from nine different firms in the city.
Correction: An earlier version identfied all 10 of the lawyers joining Winston as partners. In fact one was hired as counsel. The story was also updated to clarify that Erin Kartheiser practiced at McDermott for 14 years.