Four former partners of Dentons have joined Troutman Sanders’ bankruptcy practice, continuing Troutman’s hiring in New York.
Hugh McDonald, Jonathan Forstot, Patrick Fitzmaurice and Louis Curcio were partners at 2,600-lawyer multinational firm Dentons last week before becoming partners at Troutman, an Altanta-based firm with about 600 attorneys, including roughly 100 in New York.
J. David Dantzler Jr. , managing partner of Troutman’s New York office and an executive committee member, said the four-partner group represents banks and other lenders in bankruptcy and litigation.
Although bankruptcy practices have slowed down amid fewer large bankruptcy filings, Dantzler said the group has a robust litigation and out-of-court restructuring practice. “They are not absolutely dependent on the bankruptcy cycle and have survived it quite well,” he said.
Some of their cases include advising a client in the bankruptcy of power company TXU in Delaware and representing a group of banks in the Mirant bankruptcy in Texas, McDonald said, adding he joined Troutman because it was a good opportunity to build the creditor side of his practice.
With the four-partner group, the Atlanta-based firm has added 11 partners in New York in the past year, Troutman said.
“We have made a conscious decision as a firm to commit to New York as one of our important markets, and so we have devoted time, energy and resources to building out this office,” Dantzler said.