Another former Sedgwick partner has found a new home.
Cinthia Granados Motley, the former co-chair of Sedgwick’s cybersecurity and privacy practice, has joined the Chicago office of Dykema Gossett as director of the firm’s global data privacy and information security practice group.
Motley is the latest Sedgwick partner to lateral elsewhere following the dissolution in January of the storied Am Law 200 firm. Last month John Stephens, who co-led the cybersecurity practice at Sedgwick with Motley, landed at Goldberg Segalla as head of the Buffalo, New York-based firm’s new Los Angeles office and chairman of its cyber risk practice.
With Sedgwick’s demise looking imminent late last year, Motley said she began looking in earnest for a new firm. While she met with several other suitors, Motley said she ultimately decided to join Dykema because of its ability to have different practices work together to tie in services for clients, a necessity for her cybersecurity practice.
“At my prior firm, my role as practice group leader was to raise that awareness internally within cross-practice teams to be able to say we can service our already existing clients [and their] data privacy needs,” Motley said. “And Dykema, [they] got it. We were speaking the same language.”
Motley joined Sedgwick in 2015 after nearly a decade at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker. Before joining Wilson Elser in 2005, Motley spent roughly 14 years working for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which is based in the Windy City.
“We are very excited to add [Motley’s] wealth of experience to this important and growing practice in handling data breaches, data security and regulatory compliance counseling—for both domestic and international clients,” said a statement by Michael Borders, Dykema’s vice chairman and managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office since 2013.
Motley, a native Honduran who will help coordinate client matters in Latin America, has a national and international practice that focuses on data privacy and security, cross-border data transfers and information governance. She also works on consumer and privacy litigation, international contract disputes, ERISA issues and professional liability matters.
Dykema’s addition of Motley, which officially took place on Jan. 1, occurred only a few weeks after it lost cybersecurity and litigation partner Aaron Charfoos to Jones Day in Chicago. Charfoos spent almost four years at Dykema, having joined the firm from Kirkland & Ellis in January 2014.
Motley said that as head of Dykema’s global data privacy practice, she plans on continuing the firm’s emphasis on serving multinational clients and U.S. companies that have affiliates in other countries and jurisdictions with their cybersecurity needs as the regulatory landscape continues to change. And while Motley refused to comment about the collapse of Sedgwick, she expressed fondness for her former firm and colleagues.
“I’m just very glad and impressed with all the different law firms that many of my colleagues ended up” with, Motley said. “[It] is a great testament to what a great firm Sedgwick was.”
Since announcing its dissolution in November, the lateral market in Big Law has been dominated by Sedgwick partners finding new homes, with a large number of lawyers and staffers being absorbed by British firm Clyde & Co, which had held unsuccessful merger talks with the San Francisco-based firm.
As for Dykema, on Wednesday the firm also announced its hire of appellate litigation partner James Azadian in Los Angeles, where he was most recently a hiring partner and chairman of the appellate, writs and constitutional law practice at the Enterprise Counsel Group in nearby Irvine, California. Dykema also hired a pair of lawyers earlier this week in Dallas from Polsinelli and Texas firm Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr, according to sibling publication Texas Lawyer.
Dykema brought on commercial litigation partner William “Butch” Hulse last month in San Antonio from Acelity LP Inc., a privately held medical device holding company where he spent the past two years as chief compliance officer and senior vice president for enterprise risk management, quality and regulatory. Hulse had previously been a partner at Cox Smith Matthews, a San Antonio-based firm that Dykema merged with in 2015. The combined firm is now known as Dykema Cox Smith in Texas.