James Tyrrell Jr.
James Tyrrell Jr. (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

James Tyrrell Jr., the prominent Patton Boggs litigator who was not expected to be part of the firm’s merger with Squire Sanders, has landed at Edwards Wildman & Palmer as a partner.

A day after the creation of Squire Patton Boggs, Edwards Wildman announced that Tyrrell will practice in its New York and Morristown, N.J., offices, focusing on litigation, including tort, product liability and complex commercial litigation.

Tyrrell was regional managing partner of the New Jersey and New York offices at Patton Boggs and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He was also a lead partner in Patton Boggs’ long-running representation of indigenous Ecuadorians against energy giant Chevron over environmental damage in the Amazon. But in the midst of merger talks with Squire Sanders, the firm ended its engagement in the Chevron case with an unusual $15 million settlement announced last month.

Huhnsik Chung, partner in charge of Edwards Wildman’s New York office, said in an interview that Tyrrell was joining immediately. He declined to say whether other Patton Boggs lawyers would follow. “We’re very happy and we expect it to be a great addition,” Chung said.

Asked whether the firm considered Tyrrell’s involvement in the Chevron case, Chung said, “We’ve done our diligence” and “looked into the issue carefully.”

“We’re satisfied that James is an outstanding lawyer,” Chung said, adding that Edwards Wildman was hopeful Tyrrell’s client base would stay with him.

Patton Boggs’ Newark office is closing and a smaller group of lawyers led by Squire Patton Boggs partner Mark Sheridan will set up shop in Florham Park, N.J.

Tyrrell, 64, was a partner with Latham & Watkins in Newark from 1997 to 2006 after a stint at Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch in Morristown (now Day Pitney) from 1987 to 1997.