Law firm gossip: who's coming, who's going, who's next out of Clifford Chance...

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

DLA Leechs off of Pinsents

DLA has snapped up head of Pinsents' IP practice Marie McMorrow, who is taking senior associate Colin Leech with her. According to DLA's IP head Jeremy Dickerson (who isn't planning on leaving for Pinsents any time soon), "We are confident that along with Colin, another talented IP litigator, Marie will help position the team as one of the leading IP practices in Birmingham." Indeed!

Incidentally, partners at DLA and Piper Rudnick/Gray Cary will be voting this weekend on whether or not to merge. In the meantime, DLA may be looking to merge with Aussie firm Phillips Fox and India's Little & Co.

We're trying to figure out what the new mega-firm will be called. We're hoping for D'Piper G. It has street cred.

DLA expands with senior Pinsents hire
Legal Media Group

DLA targets Aussie, Indian link-ups
by Joanne O’Connor
The Lawyer

Fulbright hires a Cannon in London

Fulbright & Jaworski has analyzed the British commerical disputes trade and they want in. To acheive their goal, they hired away Lista Cannon from Richards Butler. Fulbright is no stranger to the allure of Richards' attorneys: they snapped up IP partner Graham Simkin earlier this year.

Cannon hire heralds Fulbright commercial launch
by Charlie Wright
Legal Week

iPods for all our friends this Christmas!

Sullivan & Cromwell will give its associates bigger bonuses this year. First years at Sully's will get $20,000 for the holidays on top of the $10,000 they got in October. Of course, this is how much most first years pay a month in rent in N.Y.C....

NY Firm Increases Year-End Bonuses
by Anthony Lin
New York Law Journal
As seen in New York Lawyer

Bear the facts, assume the dye

CC managing partner Peter Cornell was interviewed in the Times of London on Sunday, and acknowledged "the last two years have been tough," but says "we are working our way through" the "issues" the firm has had "to deal with." (Yes, we completely hacked up Cornell's quote. It flows better our way, even if the sentence ends in a preposition.)

Best part of the article: Andrew Davidson saying that CC "prides itself on being the least snooty and most meritocratic of the big City law firms..." Hey, you can't be snooty if you're meritocratic. (Clearly, by not knowing what "meritocratic" means, we're revealing ourselves to be mere Sun readers...)

The Andrew Davidson Interview: Clifford Chance chief lays down the law
by Andrew Davidson
Times of London
As seen in New York Lawyer

Salans dressing up corporate group

Salans picked up two new attorneys for its corporate practice group. Partner Nicholas Gatto signs on from Holland & Knight. Ellen Wolchek, meanwhile, left Chadbourne & Parke an associate and comes to Salans as an of counsel.

NY Lawyers Making Partner, Switching Firms
New York Lawyer

Transaction partner transition

Former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Timothy M. Clark is taking his capital market transactions act to Broadway: he'll be working in Manatt, Phelps & Phillips' Times Square office.

NY Associates Making Partner, NY Partners Switching Firms
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal
As seen in New York Lawyer

Hey, another Fish & Neave departure!

Fish & Neave has been haemorrhaging attorneys all year (which is pretty much why it had to merge with Ropes & Gray), so it's no surprise that Gerald L. Flattmann Jr. has left to join Kirkland & Ellis.

NY Associates Making Partner, NY Partners Switching Firms
by George Szamuely
National Law Journal
As seen in New York Lawyer

Monday, November 29, 2004

Mintz Levin news is timeless

Mintz Levin doesn't date its online press releases, so we assume that the news of David M. Alin's arrival in the firm's N.Y.C. office from Proskauer Rose is timely. At least in the past two weeks, even. He's not on Proskauer's website anymore, anyway.

Real Estate Practice Expands in Mintz Levin's New York Office
Mintz Levin pr

Hunton & Williams: our new fave law firm

Hunton & Williams' press release announcing the return of D. Bruce Hoffman is entitled, "Bruce Almighty."

Bruce Almighty
Hunton pr

How deep is your structured finance practice?

Jones Day's London office has gotten a little bit less populated now that Martin Bartlam and Hazel Miller have left for Orrick. They are both experienced in structured finance work, which both Orrick chair Ralph Baxter and European managing partner David Syed said in a press release will "deepen" the firm's structured finance practice. We were just thinking the other day that Orrick's structured finance practice needed depth, and obviously Baxter and Syed read our thoughts exactly.

Orrick Adds Two Jones Day Finance Partners in London
Orrick pr

Mayer's Merz mania

Famed German politician Friedrich Merz is leaving CBH Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner to join Mayer Brown. Actually, we don't know how famous he really is, but you don't often see other lawyers have their caricature done, so we're assuming Merz really is a well-known German and European tax law expert.

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP appoints Friedrich Merz to partnership
Mayer Brown pr

CC loss is Mayer Brown gain

Peter Nägele has jumped the CC ship to sail with Mayer Brown. (We're assuming he enjoys rowing down Frankfurt's Main River.) In a press release, the complex commercial transactions practitioner said, "I am delighted to become part of a successful team which places the interests of its clients as its first priority." That is, of course, completely unheard of in the legal profession.

Peter Nägele joins law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP as new partner
Mayer Brown pr

Deloitte Chip's into Covington

Covington & Burling have snagged William W. Chip from Deloitte & Touche. He'll be working his international tax and transfer pricing magic at Cov's D.C. office.

by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Romney mitts Mintz attorney

Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has appointed Mintz Levin litigation chair Thomas R. Murtagh as an associate justice of the state superior court. Apparently, Murtagh isn't getting to old for this...

by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Duane Morris wasn't in the Allman Brothers

But Duane Morris does have IP lit and trial practices. It also has former Kenyonx2 partner Thomas F. Meagher and Kaye, Rose & Maltzman partner Keith Zakarin in its N.Y.C. and San Diego offices.

by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Celeb foes go to Sully

Sullivan & Crowmwell have added former assistant U.S. attorneys Karen Patton Seymour and Steven R. Peikin as partner and of counsel respectively. Peikin is the lawyer who prosecuted Frank Quattrone, while Seymour is best known for her work in bringing Martha Stewart to justice. They'll be working in Sully's criminal defense and investigations practice, but you knew that.

by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Foley gets official and in-house

Former GE corporate counsel William L. Clements and former SEC Division of Enforcement branch chief Donald E. Griffith have been added to Foley & Lardner's DC office. The former will handle white-collar defense, while the latter will work on securities litigation.

by George Szamuely
National Law Journal

Venable: coolest law firm name ever

Venable. Venable. We can't stop saying it! Well, we can long enough to mention that maritime expert Michael Roberts and international trade practitioner Ashley Craig have joined the Venable law firm from Thompson Coburn. They'll be working in the legislative group.


On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Minarick can be Kirkpatrick's wingman anytime

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart are welcoming back former associate Jean Minarick. Late of the Law Offices of Stephanie A. Djinis, Minarick will be working in Kirkpatrick's investment management group.

On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Krupin laterals new associates

Ex-Reed Smith associate Stephen Taylor and former Akin Gump associate Mark Rabuano have joined employment boutique Krupin O'Brien. They'll be both working on arbitration and union avoidance issues, amongst other matters.

On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Howrey associate to Kelley

Howrey lost senior associate Anthony Meola to Kelley Drye & Warren. Meola has been upgraded to special counsel and will work in Kelley's shiny new patent group.

On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Akins adds ambassador

Akin Gump added former U.S. ambassador to South Korea Thomas Hubbard to work on Asian corporate matters.

On the move
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

You mean, D. Bruce Hoffman?!

Deputy director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition D. Bruce Hoffman is heading home to Hunton Williams on Wednesday. You know, there's a resignation fever going around the federal government since November 2, and Hoffman is the latest to catch it. Anyway, not surprisingly, he's going to be involved in Hunton's antitrust practice in its D.C. office.

Inadmissible: Hunton homecoming
by Bethany Broida
Legal Times

Wilmer China law-a-rama

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale AND Dorr have set up shop in Beijing the easy way: by snagging another firm's China-based lawyers. Specifically, they snatched five attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, who will be moving some Hong Kong lawyers out to Beijing to make up for the loss. The five former Paul, Weiss attorneys are bringing their clients with them.

Inadmissible: Beijing bound
by Jason McLure
Legal Times

Alistair Maughan is one baaaad MoFo!

Shut your mouth... We're just going to do the one joke about Morrison & Foerster's nickname, and that was it. Weak, but it did involve a guy named Alistair. Anyway, the aforementioned Maughan is looking to head to MoFo from Shaw Pittman, along with David Skinner, Andrew Smith and a myriad of associates.

If talks pan out, incidentally, Tim Wright would be the only partner left in Shaw Pittman's London office. Maybe they'll promote a few grunts to keep him company.

MoFo City arm in Shaw Pittman team talks
Tim Newbold
Legal Week
(Who are totally bragging that they exclusively dug up this story)

There's a Fink at Orrick

Alfred Fink is taking his real estate expertise to Orrick's Paris office, leaving Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner. Fink, a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers' Landwell net, handles leasing, securitization, and structured finance.

Orrick bolster Paris with property hire
Antony Collins
Legal Week

CC Berlin bombed out

No better way to kick off a blog about law firm gossip than with news about Clifford Chance, which has announced it's shuttering its unprofitable Berlin office. CC plans to place some of the 10 partners there in other offices. The 16 non-partners, of course, are S.O.L.

CC to close Berlin office
by Sarah Gill
Legal Week

Welcome to Skallawwag

Skallawwag is a newsblog that follows the comings and goings of attorneys at U.S. & U.K. law firms.

Obviously, there are too many law firms in both countries to list them all here. Generally, we limit ourselves to only the U.S. firms in the AmLaw 100. For the U.K., we track the so-called Magic Circle firms, as well as DLA.

We get our info from a variety of different sources, and we will cite them at the end of each post. If at all possible, we will also link to the original articles we're referencing.

About Us

We are a law librarian who finds this stuff kind of interesting and also refers to ourselves in the third person.


Some of the resources we use to update Skallawwag include such local legal papers as National Law Journal, The Recorder (San Francisco), New York Lawyer, and Legal Times (Washington, D.C.), as well as the U.K. websites Legal Week and The Lawyer.

Who are the Magic Circle firms?

The Magic Circle refers to the five largest law firms in London. They are:

Clifford Chance has been losing a lot of attorneys lately, so you'll find we'll probably make a few cheeky remarks about them whenever we mention a new departure.

The AmLaw 100

The U.S. firms that we track at Skallawwag are culled from the AmLaw 100:

  1. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  2. Baker & McKenzie
  3. Jones Day
  4. Latham & Watkins
  5. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood
  6. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw
  7. White & Case
  8. Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  9. Shearman & Sterling
  10. Kirkland & Ellis
  11. Sullivan & Cromwell
  12. McDermott, Will & Emery
  13. O'Melveny & Myers
  14. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  15. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  16. Davis Polk & Wardwell
  17. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  18. Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
  19. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  20. Greenberg Traurig
  21. Hogan & Hartson
  22. Morrison & Foerster
  23. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
  24. Holland & Knight
  25. Foley & Lardner
  26. Bingham McCutchen
  27. Piper Rudnick
    (Merged with both DLA and Gray Cary)
  28. Winston & Strawn
  29. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  30. Fulbright & Jaworski
  31. Arnold & Porter
  32. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  33. Reed Smith
  34. Vinson & Elkins
  35. Hunton & Williams
  36. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe
  37. Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  38. King & Spalding
  39. Pillsbury Winthrop
  40. Debevoise & Plimpton
  41. Dechert
  42. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  43. Baker Botts
  44. Howrey Simon Arnold & White
  45. Bryan Cave
  46. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  47. Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
  48. Dewey Ballantine
  49. Proskauer Rose
  50. Alston & Bird
  51. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  52. Willkie Farr & Gallagher
  53. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
  54. LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae
  55. Ropes & Gray
    (Merged with Fish & Neave)
  56. Kaye Scholer
  57. Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman
  58. Wilmer Cutler Pickering
    (Merged with Hale and Dorr)
  59. Dorsey & Whitney
  60. Hale and Dorr
    (Merged with Wilmer Cutler Pickering)
  61. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  62. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart
    (Merged with Nicholson Graham & Jones; now called Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham)
  63. Covington & Burling
  64. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  65. McGuireWoods
  66. Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky
  67. Nixon Peabody
  68. Cooley Godward
  69. Goodwin Procter
    (Merged with Shea & Gardner)
  70. Baker & Hostetler
  71. Jenkens & Gilchrist
  72. Perkins Coie
  73. Seyfarth Shaw
  74. Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  75. Coudert Brothers
  76. Schulte Roth & Zabel
  77. Chadbourne & Parke
  78. Thelen Reid & Priest
  79. Jenner & Block
  80. Duane Morris
  81. Blank Rome
  82. Cahill Gordon & Reindel
  83. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
  84. Kilpatrick Stockton
  85. Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich
    (Merged with Piper Rudnick, then with DLA)
  86. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  87. Venable
  88. Drinker Biddle & Reath
  89. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo
  90. Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
  91. Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker
  92. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
  93. Andrews & Kurth
  94. Steptoe & Johnson
  95. Fish & Richardson
  96. Patton Boggs
  97. Troutman Sanders
  98. Haynes and Boone
  99. Shaw Pittman
  100. Preston Gates & Ellis
This list is obviously © 2004 American Lawyer Media.