McDermott Will & Emery on Wednesday named two new heads of its litigation group following the departure of Lazar P. Raynal, who decamped for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Raynal, who led the litigation group for eight years, had been at McDermott since 1988. His last day was Tuesday.
“I loved the place; it’s a great law firm,” Raynal said Wednesday, his first day at Quinn Emanuel. “This just seemed like a really exciting and different adventure for me.”
Quinn Emanuel currently has 18 lawyers in Chicago and is seeking to grow its office. Chicago managing partner Jonathan Bunge said the firm was “thrilled” to get Raynal.
McDermott’s Miami-based chairman Ira J. Coleman called Raynal a “dear friend.”
Coleman was elected firm chairman in September in a race that also included Raynal as a candidate.
“He was a great partner with us and he worked here for 29 years,” Coleman said. “He rose to the top ranks of leadership, was doing well with us, and would have continued to do well with us. After the election, he was so helpful in moving things forward. I think this was just an opportunity that came up.”
With Raynal’s exit, David Rosenbloom and Steven Scholes will take over leadership of McDermott’s approximately 250-lawyer strong litigation group.
Rosenbloom will serve as the global head of the practice while Scholes will be “operations partner,” managing more of the day-to-day business of the group.
Scholes is a former attorney in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, and has been leading the firm’s SEC defense practice group, and handling securities and other complex commercial litigation.
Rosenbloom is a former deputy chief of the general crimes division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, whose practice focuses on criminal investigations and trials, including qui tam litigation, health care fraud, and antitrust matters.
In 2007, he helped win a jury acquittal for the paper manufacturer Stora Enso North America Corporationon criminal charges it had conspired to fix the price of coated magazine paper.
Rosenbloom said he and Scholes hope to build on the firm’s litigation experience in white collar and health by doing more work with other practice areas, including tax and private client.
“The goal is really to build on a strong foundation of what are some core areas of excellence in which clients have come to trust our judgment in big ticket, bet-the-company cases,” he said.
Coleman praised Rosenbloom and Scholes.
“They’re great people,” he said. “They’ve always mentored young people rising through the ranks.”