Stanley Twardy of Day Pitney.
Stanley Twardy of Day Pitney. (Courtesy photo)

Day Pitney has hired litigation partner Adam Grant after two years at Polsinelli a firm he joined in May 2015 from what is now called Kasowitz Benson Torres.

“They were looking for some depth in New York in what I do and the opportunity to work with them was something I just couldn’t pass up,” Grant said Monday.

Grant, whose practice specializes in commercial and white-collar litigation will join the Hartford-based firm as a partner in its New York office.

The roots of Grant’s move to Day Pitney began almost 10 years ago when he worked with Day Pitney’s current managing partner Stanley Twardy Jr. and Stamford, Connecticut-based litigation partner Thomas Goldberg on a case brought by the town of Fairfield, Connecticut, against disgraced financier Bernard Madoff in connection with pension losses.

“I really have fond memories of working on that case, they were great guys to work with and I knew the team here was fantastic,” Grant said. “I had to jump at the opportunity.”

Grant began his career in 2001 as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. In 2006, he left that firm for what was then called Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. After nearly a decade at Kasowitz Benson, where he made partner in 2011, Grant decamped to Polsinelli in 2015 to become the Kansas City, Missouri-based Am Law 100 firm’s first commercial litigator in New York.

“In New York, we had a number [of] very public successes and were involved in some interesting cases,” Grant said of his time at Polsinelli, which last week elected a new firmwide leader on the heels of a mixed year financially in 2016. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career to work at some great shops and learn from some great people.”

Fast-growing Polsinelli, which brought on a large group of intellectual property litigators last year from Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, announced Monday its addition of three health care lawyers in Los Angeles led by Arent Fox partner Erin Muellenbeg and Foley & Lardner partner Richard “Rick” Rifenbark III. Polsinelli wished Grant (pictured right) the best in the future, but noted that his decision to leave for Day Pitney was not its doing.

“Unfortunately, Adam felt there was a conflict that required him to move to another firm,” Polsinelli said, without elaborating. Grant, when asked about the circumstances surrounding his departure, insisted he was motivated by the opportunity to work again with Twardy and Goldberg.

Day Pitney, which saw gross revenue increase slightly least year, to $164.5 million, is looking to increase its head count and client offerings in New York, Twardy said.

“[Adam] adds to our commercial litigation bench in New York City, which is very important for us,” added Twardy, who took over as Day Pitney’s leader in 2012. “He’ll be a great help for us there. In New York, you can never have enough litigators.”

Day Pitney has made several additions to its New York ranks in recent months. The firm, formed in 2007 following a merger between Hartford-based Day, Berry & Howard and Florham Park, New Jersey-based Pitney Hardin, hired Withers Bergman tax partner Von Sanborn in April. David Waizer, a former senior managing director and general counsel for Rein Capital LLC, joined Day Pitney that same month as a partner in its private equity and venture capital group.

Loeb & Loeb also landed Day Pitney corporate partner Thomas Havens for its New York office in February, while litigation partner David Newman left Day Pitney a month later to join Sills Cummis & Gross. Ronald Janis, a longtime Day Pitney partner in Parsippany, New Jersey, also left the firm in January to become general counsel at Valley National Bank.

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