Eric Su, who was the managing partner FordHarrison’s New York office and co-chair of its construction practice, has joined Crowell & Moring as a partner.
Su joins Crowell’s labor and employment group, where he will advise on wage-and-hour compliance, employee separation agreements and day-to-day personnel matters.
In an interview, Su said Crowell’s strong practices, including government contracting, can create a “synergy” with his practice, allowing him to expand his offering to clients. He said the move also allows him to focus on some employment law areas where he has in-depth knowledge.
Overall, Su said he was attracted to Crowell because of its growing international presence and the opportunity to work with the firm’s labor and employment and government contracts groups.
Kris Meade, chair of Crowell’s labor and employment group, said in a statement that Su handles employment matters for companies in the hospitality, construction, retail, security services and health care industries, and he has a substantial practice representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies.
“His unique profile and background opens doors to the growing Chinese business community in the U.S. as well as more cross-border work in Asia,” Meade added.
Su would not go into detail on whether he thought the lion’s share of his existing clients would make the transition with him, saying that is “up to the client.”
Crowell has made it a point over the past 18 months to grow its presence in New York, having added a nine-person health care team from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in October of last year as well as series of individual hires in intellectual property, environment and government contracts group and the white-collar and regulatory enforcement team, among others.
“Our strategy in New York is to double down on the firm’s regulatory and litigation strengths and foster top-tier practices in traditional New York specialties like insurance, M&A, real estate, employment, tax, and bankruptcy,” said Glen McGorty, managing partner of Crowell’s New York office, said in a statement.
Representatives for FordHarrison, a labor and employment-focused firm, did not immediately return a request for comment regarding Su’s departure.
Prior to his time at FordHarrison, Su was a shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, a partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and a member at Foreht Associates.