Six lawyers from Patton Boggs are following litigator James Tyrrell Jr. to Edwards Wildman Palmer, working in Morristown, N.J., and New York.
The team worked closely with Tyrrell, and it was expected some of Tyrrell’s Patton Boggs colleagues would depart with him amid its merger with Squire Sanders. Earlier this week, after the creation of Squire Patton Boggs, Edwards Wildman announced Tyrrell had joined as a partner.
Elissa Glasband, Joseph Hopkins, Jason Rockwell, Lisa Ann Ruggiero and Eric Westenberger are joining Edwards Wildman as partners, the firm said Thursday. Ruggiero and Hopkins were of counsel at Patton Boggs, while Westenberger, Glasband and Rockwell were partners. Jennifer Schiefelbein, a former Patton Boggs associate, is joining Edwards Wildman as counsel.
The six litigators will focus on toxic tort, product liability, and complex commercial litigation. “It is our great pleasure to welcome this team, as they will significantly enhance our national litigation presence,” Edwards Wildman chairman Alan Levin said in a statement.
According to Edwards Wildman, under Tyrrell’s leadership, several of the litigators helped defend the city of New York, construction management companies and subcontractors in cases alleging exposure to contaminants after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
In another case, Chevron, in seeking counterclaims against Patton Boggs, highlighted Westenberger’s role in working with Tyrrell in litigation against the oil giant. Under the terms of Patton Boggs’ $15 million settlement with Chevron in May, Patton Boggs agreed to help Chevron with discovery and to make Westenberger, along with Tyrrell, available for depositions.