Hollywood’s Eisner Jaffe, which recently changed its name to Eisner after name partner Robert Jaffe left for his own Santa Monica boutique, has lost another partner to a larger firm as lateral activity remains robust in Los Angeles.
Jeffrey Myers, who spent nearly a decade as an associate at Paul Hastings before moving to Eisner Jaffe in late 2015, left the latter earlier this week to become a partner in the global hospital and real estate group at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell in Los Angeles.
“I was there for two years, loved it, great relationship with all the partners there, but the hospitality group just wasn’t big enough for the clientele that I needed to bring in,” said Myers about his decision to leave Eisner Jaffe for Jeffer Mangels.
Myers focuses his practice on the real estate and business aspects of the hospitality industry, including hotels, resorts, restaurants and casinos. While Eisner Jaffe specialized in litigation and entertainment work, Myers said that for his practice, he needs the support and resources of a larger firm to cater to his client base.
“I may be the token example of someone who went with a specialized field and you just realize it is very difficult to grow that within a boutique atmosphere,” Myers said. “Not to any fault of the boutique, but you just need those other support groups to really build your practice.”
According to the firm’s website, Jeffer Mangels has about 40 lawyers in its global hospitality group, while the number of lawyers left at what is now Eisner stands at 26, according to the boutique’s website.
Just two weeks prior Myers’ move, Greenspoon Marder, a fast-growing Am Law 200 firm with South Florida roots, set up shop in Los Angeles after bringing on a four-lawyer team from Eisner Jaffe, including James Turken, the former chair of the firm’s litigation practice.
“We were approached by Greenspoon [Marder],” Turken said. “I think it is [a] entrepreneurial firm that is growing, they do it very intellectually and they set up an infrastructure that allows them to grow.”
Turken, who brought along fellow Eisner Jaffe colleagues Rebecca Lawlor Calkins, Fawn Schanz and associate Jordan Bender, plans to further expand Greenspoon Marder’s new office in Los Angeles. Within the past week, Turken also picked up ex-Eisner Jaffe associate Michael Dailey.
The departure of the Greenspoon Marder group came at the same time that Eisner Jaffe officially changed its name to Eisner as a result of Jaffe setting out on his own. Jaffe chaired the real estate department at Eisner Jaffe, which he joined in 2013. Jaffe and Eisner’s remaining founding partner, Michael Eisner, were unavailable for comment by the time of this story.
Steven Polard, a partner who joined Eisner Jaffe from Davis Wright Tremaine in early 2017, also left the firm on April 20 to become managing partner of the Los Angeles office at Southern California firm Coleman & Horowitt. Intellectual property partner Irene Flores also picked up and left Eisner Jaffe two weeks ago to take an in-house legal role at an enterprise backed by film and television directors Anthony and Joseph Russo. The two men are brothers.