McCarter & English has picked up Holland & Knight energy partners Allen O’Neil, Christine Ryan and Emily Streett in Washington, D.C., from Holland & Knight.
The lateral trio joined Holland & Knight three years ago in an 11-lawyer move from boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone. McCarter & English’s own office in the nation’s capital was established in early 2014 after the firm absorbed 14-lawyer energy boutique Miller, Balis & O’Neil.
“We really felt that McCarter & English presented us with a really unique opportunity to join forces and work with some of best public power attorneys here in Washington,” said Ryan about her new firm, which saw its gross revenue rise in 2016.
While Ryan and her two other colleagues enjoyed the expanded capabilities and access to other, larger practice groups at Holland & Knight that they didn’t have at their former boutique, the Florida-based Am Law 100 firm proved not to be the best fit for their practice.
“It’s a little bit like Goldilocks—too small, too big—and this seems just right,” Ryan added.
Ryan, Streett and O’Neil have spent their entire careers representing municipalities and cooperatives in the public power space, particularly with regards to the ownership, operation and development of electric facilities. Ryan said that many of the clients that his group works with are similar to those that are advised by McCarter & English, although the Newark, New Jersey-based Am Law 200 firm has a bit more expertise when it comes to dealing with municipalities.
“I think we will make a good team in trying to build the practice on both the cooperative and municipal side,” Ryan said.
McCarter & English’s acquisition of Miller, Balis & O’Neil in 2014 helped the firm bolster its ability to handle Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and appellate energy litigation work for clients, something which proved attractive for the firm’s three new hires from Holland & Knight.
“It’s a kind of nice melding of those two practice areas,” O’Neil said. “We were able to bring in and provide the additional transactional and finance support to the attorneys that are here and they can provide us with the additional [FERC] support should that need arise.”
O’Neil, Ryan and Streett’s departure from Holland & Knight comes two weeks after the latter hired energy and natural resources partner Mark Kalpin in Boston from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he co-chaired that firm’s energy and cleantech group. Holland & Knight, which enjoyed a financially successful 2016, has also been busy on the lateral hiring front this year. (The firm recently recruited Blank Rome finance partner Danielle Garcia in Los Angeles.)
As for McCarter & English, the firm also landed Lowenstein Sandler insurance coverage partner Christopoher Loeber for its Newark office in July, a month after bringing on product liability litigation partners Wilfred Coronato in Newark and Amy Vanni in Philadelphia from Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Reed Smith, respectively.
Earlier this year, McCarter & English landed veteran intellectual property partner Beverly Lubit in Newark from Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi—a New Jersey firm formerly known as Wolff & Samson—and picked trademark and copyright partners Timothy Kelly and Jessica Hiney from Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto in New York.
CORRECTION: 8/5/17, 11:48 p.m. EDT. Due to an editing error, an iniital version of this story misidentified Ryan’s gender.