Gordon & Rees’ lateral group. Standing, from left to right: Ann Thornton Field, James E. Robinson, Jacob C. Cohn, Joshua Wall, Sara Anderson Frey, Catherine Slavin, Joseph A. Arnold, Ilan Rosenberg and C. Tyler Havey. Seated: William P. Shelley. (Photo by Nanette Kardaszeski)

The Gordon & Rees Team

When San Francisco-based Gordon & Rees was looking to expand into Pennsylvania, it was initially eyeing Philadelphia, but it first made an unexpected pit stop in Pittsburgh in 2012 with the hiring of a group of attorneys from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Gordon & Rees made waves again when it grabbed eight partners at the start of 2013 from Cozen O’Connor, including three of the firm’s senior insurance litigators, to open a Philadelphia location.

William Shelley, the former chairman of Cozen O’Connor’s insurance group, and partners Ann Thornton Field and Josh Wall left for Gordon & Rees, along with Cozen O’Connor partners Joseph A. Arnold, Jacob C. Cohn, C. Tyler Havey, James E. Robinson and Catherine Slavin. Shelley serves as managing partner of the office, which now has 17 attorneys. Cozen O’Connor CEO Michael Heller said at the time that he expected other attorneys to follow the group to Gordon & Rees, with a total of between nine and 12 lawyers making the move.

Gordon & Rees managing partner Dion N. Cominos said at the time that he expected the eight attorneys to add eight figures in revenue to the firm.

Field had served in a number of leadership roles during her time at Cozen O’Connor. She was vice chair of the commercial litigation group, a member of the management committee and a member of the board of directors. Wall had been with Cozen O’Connor since 1977 and was a member of the firm’s global insurance group.

Aside from serving as chairman of Cozen O’Connor’s global insurance group at the time of his departure, Shelley was also on the firm’s board of directors and management committee. He was responsible for the management of the 125 attorneys and paralegals in the department.