Ray Marshall..Photo by Fiona McDougall 10-2-99
Ray Marshall..Photo by Fiona McDougall 10-2-99 ()

SAN FRANCISCO — Former California State Bar president and longtime Bingham McCutchen partner Raymond Marshall is jumping to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

Marshall, who built a national practice focused on high-stakes litigation and internal investigations during his 36-year tenure at Bingham, began in Sheppard Mullin’s San Francisco office on Tuesday. He is joined by litigation partners Krystal Bowen and David Cannon. The trio will be part of the firm’s 40-attorney white-collar and investigations practice.

“We’ve had our sights on Ray for some time, and we were thrilled for him to sit down with us,” said Sheppard Mullin chairman Guy Halgren.

Marshall said he wasn’t looking to leave Bingham, where he served on the executive committee, the diversity executive committee and co-chaired the white-collar investigations and enforcement group. But, after a year of conversations with Halgren and other partners at the L.A.-based firm, he changed his mind.

“I realized that they practice great law in white-collar investigations, and they have a very strong government contracts and labor practice, which support white-collar investigations,” he said.

He also cited Sheppard Mullin’s size and presence in California—its the sixth-largest firm by head count—as important factors in his decision.

In a statement, Halgren described Marshall as a “lion” in the Bay Area’s legal scene. Prior to serving as president of the State Bar from 1998 to 1999, he was president of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Among other civic, civil rights and bar positions, Marshall currently holds a seat on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s judicial vetting committee for the Northern District. In 2004, former Chief Justice Ronald George tapped Marshall to chair a task force on multijurisdictional practice.

Marshall said he hired both Bowen and Cannon as young associates. Bowen, a former federal prosecutor, focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations. Cannon represents clients in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation.

In another Bingham defection, securitization partner Daniel Passage recently departed the firm’s L.A. office for Winston & Strawn. Passage joined Bingham in 2011 after 14 years at O’Melveny & Myers.

“While we wish these lawyers the best, we continue to strategically and selectively invest in our firm,” a Bingham representative said.

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