Litigation boutique spins off from McKool Smith:
A 13-attorney group
spun off of McKool Smith in October
to create a litigation boutique, Reichman Jorgensen, with offices in Silicon Valley, Atlanta, and New York. The seven-partner boutique, led by Courtland Reichman and Sarah Jorgensen, focuses on complex commercial litigation and patent cases.
Cooley litigators form Southern California firm:
A pair of former Cooley litigators
formed a new firm in Southern California
called Koning Zollar. Andrew “Drew” Koning and Blake Zollar, two ex-senior associates at Cooley in San Diego, officially launched their own litigation boutique in August in nearby Encinitas. The two-partner firm handles complex commercial, employment and intellectual property disputes.
Holland & Knight alums' environmental boutique:
Holland & Knight land use partner Amanda Monchamp and former firm associate Joanna "Joey" Meldrum left Big Law in May to
launch a new land use and environmental law boutique
in San Francisco, called Monchamp Meldrum.
A trio of litigators leave Keker:
Threef litigators, Michael Kwun, Asim Bhansali and Kate Lazarus, left high-profile litigation boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters in May
to launch their own firm in San Francisco
called Kwun Bhansali Lazarus. Bhansali was a partner at Keker Van Nest, Kwun of counsel at the firm and Lazarus an associate.
The latest Oakland boutique:
A pair of former Big Law partners and in-house counsel for SolarCity and Tesla, W. Fred Norton and Gabrielle "Bree" Hann,
set up their own firm
in a former warehouse in Oakland this April. Before their in-house roles, Norton spent 12 years at Boies Schiller Flexner, while Hann was at Bingham McCutchen for over eight years.
Orrick Partner Joins SF Boutique:
Litigation and antitrust partner David Goldstein left Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in April
several of his former Heller Ehrman colleagues at Farmer Brownstein Jaeger & Goldstein, a San Francisco-based boutique that has added his name to its shingle.
In 2018, a stream of California-based partners left behind their practices at Am Law 200 firms to start their own shops. Here’s a roundup of Big Law departures in 2018.