We couldn’t help but notice that McDermott Will & Emery has been in the news quite a bit lately: both hiring and losing partners and shaking up its leadership structure.
A spokesman says that the firm has 1,028 lawyers today — more, in fact, than the 1,017 the firm had at this time last year — but its roster has moved around.
When news hit on Monday that four of its white collar defense partners were joining White & Case to open a Boston office, we decided to go back and track the comings, goings and recent leadership changes at the firm.
Below are the most notable developments since the beginning of 2015. We didn’t list every departure or hire, and tried to just stick with the big ones. But if we missed anything, feel free to email us at BigLawBusiness@bna.com.
Leadership changes (2016)
• Hugh Nineham, the head of the firm’s London office and European corporate practice, has retired. Replacing him in his role as partner-in-charge of the London office is Andrew Vergunst, a tax partner. Mark Davis now heads the London corporate practice.
• Miami-based Ira Coleman has replaced David Goldman in New York as head of its corporate advisory group.
• Jacques Buhart has been named head of the firm’s Brussels office, replacing Philip Bentley, who will stay with the firm in its European competition practice.
• Four white collar defense partners led by Michael Kendell joined White & Case in Boston .
• Blake Winburne, co-leader of energy and infrastructure practice, joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in Houston, along with two partners.
• Executive committee member Elizabeth Harrington joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Chicago .
• Two IP partners including Yar Chaikovsky joined Paul Hastings in Palo Alto .
• Executive committee member Bobby Burchfield joined King & Spalding .
• Paul Hastings healthcare chair James Owensjoined in Los Angeles.
• Arnold & Porter partner Vernessa Pollard joined as the co-head of McDermott’s FDA practice in March.
• McDermott hired around 15 lawyers from K&L Gates .
• Former U.S. Representative Jim Moran joined the firm’s government strategies group .