Holland & Knight’s lateral recruitment rampage continued this week as the firm’s brought on two new partners in Boston, where the Florida-based Am Law 100 firm has had an office since absorbing local shop Sherburne, Powers & Needham in 1998.
Among those heading to Holland & Knight this time around are energy and natural resources partner Mark Kalpin, who most recently served as co-chair of the energy and cleantech group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, and education and employment partner Janet Judge, who comes aboard after operating her own solo practice.
“It really was [the] platform that was best for my clients, both from geographic footprint and from just a practice area specialty footprint,” Kalpin said.
Kalpin first joined Wilmer predecessor Hale and Dorr in 1995—the firm would combine a decade later with Washington, D.C.-based Wilmer Cutler Pickering—and made partner in 2002. Based out of Boston, Kalpin has worked on a variety of issues within the environmental and energy space, providing regulatory counsel, as well as transactional expertise for private development projects primarily within the solar and wind generation space.
“It’s been an evolving decision on my part,” said Kalpin (pictured right) of his decision to leave Wilmer.
Kalpin, who tapped legal consultant search Legal Briefs for his move, said Wilmer’s focus on public land issues within its energy industry practice, symbolically represented by the firm’s opening of a Denver office in 2013, became too limited for the needs of his energy clients.
“My clients do work both on public lands and not on public lands,” Kalpin said. “But more importantly, there’s a need beyond environmental expertise, there’s also a need for strong energy and commercial support.”
Kalpin noted that it was Holland & Knight’s combined strength in these sectors that convinced him to make the move the 1,074-lawyer firm, which saw strong financial growth in 2016.
“[Kalpin’s] offshore wind practice is among the foremost in the country,” said a statement by Michael Cavanaugh, co-chair of Holland & Knight’s energy practice. “The firm already does a significant amount of offshore work, especially in the Northeast, and the addition of [Kalpin] positions us well as this segment of the U.S. energy industry continues to grow.”
Kalpin’s exposure to natural resources work began when he moved to Washington, D.C., after graduate school in 1986 to work as an intern at the National Wildlife Federation.
“I have a non-traditional trajectory into to the law, I think is probably the best way to put it,” said Kalpin, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in wildlife management.
Shortly thereafter, Kalpin took a position as a senior wildlife biologist and senior project manager for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he managed and coordinated environmental reviews at the state and federal level for interstate natural gas pipelines.
“It was through that [and] the types of colleagues that I was working with that I really got a strong interest in the areas of energy and environmental law,” Kalpin said.
That prompted him to enroll in The George Washington Law School in the evenings, while still working for FERC during the day.
Among Kalpin’s new colleagues at Holland & Knight in Boston are Judge, a litigator joined the firm in late June after nearly a decade operating Sports Law Associates.
“College sports is evolving at a pretty accelerated pace and it’s just a great opportunity to build on some mutual strengths,” Judge said Wednesday. “It’s just a perfect fit.”
Judge, who worked as counsel at Maine-based Verrill Dana for nearly 11 years before opening her own shop in 2007, works with university administrators, athletic officials and general counsel on sports-related issues, including contracts, collegiate eligibility, hazing incidents, pay equity matters and Title IX issues.
Last month, Judge (pictured right) was a member of an independent commission that submitted a report reviewing the University of Tennessee’s Title IX compliance in light of a $2.5 million settlement by the university to eight women who claimed the school had fostered a “hostile sexual environment” as a result of its alleged indifference to complaints against student athletes.
Judge and Kalpin head to Holland & Knight a week after the firm brought on Baker McKenzie tax and private wealth services partner Stewart Kasner in Miami, where he led the global legal giant’s local tax practice. Miami is Holland & Knight’s hometown and the firm has been busy this year adding new partners to grow its government advocacy and capital markets expertise.