After about 15 years of practicing at white-collar defense firm Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, former name partner Barry Bohrer begins his practice Friday at Schulte Roth & Zabel.
Bohrer and Morvillo partner Lisa Prager join as partners in the firm’s litigation practice, while another Morvillo attorney, Lara Covington, will serve as special counsel.
“We are delighted at the prospect of joining a firm of such depth, breadth and resources,” Bohrer said in a statement. “We look forward to joining old friends, with new platforms for our practices and new challenges to meet on behalf of clients.”
In the Morvillo firm’s own statement, partner Richard Weinberg said, “Both Barry and Lisa remain good friends of our firm with close ties to many. We look forward to working alongside them in the future.”
Bohrer’s departure comes after the December 2011 death of firm cofounder, Robert Morvillo, a leader of the white-collar criminal defense bar. Last May, three sons of Morvillo, Gregory, Scott and Robert left their positions as counsel at the firm to start a boutique law office, Morvillo LLP, to focus on white-collar criminal defense and SEC regulatory actions. They were joined by their uncle, Richard Morvillo, who was a partner at Schulte.
Bohrer, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District who joined Morvillo in 1987, focuses on white collar, complex civil and securities enforcement matters. He has represented Steven Davis, the ousted chairman of now-defunct firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Prager, who will work in the Washington and New York offices, practices in the areas of government investigations and enforcement actions. Covington, who focuses on FCPA, export controls and government contract issues, will be based in Washington.