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March 1, 2011 1:15 PM

Howrey Loses Corporate Chair and Antitrust Partner in D.C.; Insurance Recovery Cochair in Chicago; Three More in Europe

Posted by Brian Baxter

UPDATES: 3/1/11, 1:15 p.m. This story has been updated in the second, third, and fourth paragraphs with the moves of Roger Klein and C. Scott Hataway. 3/1/11, 3:00 p.m. The moves of Jill Berkeley and Seth Lamden have been added to the last paragraph.

As Howrey fights to survive in some form, the firm continues to hemorrhage partners as it awaits the resolution of a long-awaited potential deal with Winston & Strawn.

In Washington, D.C., corporate partner and firm general counsel Roger Klein is headed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Klein, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, served as chair of Howrey's corporate and transactional practice.

"Sheppard Mullin is a top-notch full-service firm that offers an excellent transactional platform to grow my practice," said Klein in a statement announcing the move. "I am impressed by the strength and depth of the firm's corporate group and look forward to working closely with my new partners."

Also leaving Howrey's D.C. office is C. Scott Hataway, an antitrust partner who will join Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. The firm said in a press release on Tuesday that Hataway, a former trial attorney in the Justice Department's antitrust division, would bring experience on competition and trade regulation matters. (Hataway spoke with Washingtonian about his reasons for leaving the firm.)

Two antitrust partners from Howrey's London office are leaving for Kirkland & Ellis, according to U.K. publication Legal Week. Shaun Goodman, one of Howrey's last partners in the city following a spate of departures in recent months, recently advised French industrial conglomerate Lafarge on a joint venture deal in the U.K. with Anglo American.

Howrey counsel Sarah Jordan, who is assisting Goodman in the Lafarge matter, will also join Kirkland in a partnership role, according to a statement from her new firm. Legal Week reports that the moves by Goodman and Jordan leave litigation partner John Evans as Howrey's sole remaining partner in London. Legal Week reports that Evans is among those with an offer from Winston & Strawn.

Meanwhile, the head of Howrey's London antitrust practice, Tom McQuail, is headed for Morrison & Foerster, according to The Lawyer. A cached version of McQuail's bio on Howrey's Web site shows that he also worked out of the firm's Brussels office. A MoFo spokesman confirmed that McQuail had joined the firm when contacted by The Am Law Daily.

Last week Howrey lost five antitrust partners in Brussels to Shearman & Sterling, including Trevor Soames, the firm's former global antitrust cochair. In Spain, former Howrey IP partners Laura Alonso and Luis Fernández-Novoa left the firm to join European IP boutique Hoyng Monegier, which was formed earlier this year by Howrey defectors, according to the Iberian Lawyer.

More IP lawyers in the U.S. also left Howrey last week. Ropes & Gray confirmed it had hired James Batchelder, a former Howrey IP partner in Palo Alto, who initially joined the firm when it acquired IP boutique Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder in June 2009. Chicago's Levenfeld Pearlstein also announced it had grabbed veteran litigation partner Michael Padden along with two other lawyers from local Windy City firms.

On Tuesday another Chicago firm, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, announced that it had lured former Howrey insurance recovery cochair Jill Berkeley and partner Seth Lamden to the firm. The two insurance litigators will bolster Neal Gerber's insurance practice, according to a statement by their new firm. Berkeley will chair Neal Gerber's insurance policyholder practice group.

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