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March 3, 2011 10:00 PM

Howrey Departures Continue As Dewey Takes On D.C.-Based Antitrust Litigator

Posted by Ed Shanahan

The deparatures from Howrey aren't letting up. On Thursday, Dewey & LeBoeuf announced that Roxann Henry, an antitrust litigator in Howrey's Washington, D.C., office, has joined the firm. And on Wednesday, The National Law Journal, a sibling publication, reported that Howrey's construction practice is losing a total of 17 lawyers--including the group's two cochairmen--to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman and Jones Day.

Dewey, which in recent weeks has hired a handful of lawyers from Howrey, including former vice-chairman Henry Bunsow, announced Roxann Henry's hire on Thursday evening. The antitrust litigator will be based in Dewey's Washington, D.C., office, and will help to grow the firm's antitrust practice there.

"[Henry] is an outstanding and versatile antitrust lawyer and enjoys an excellent domestic and international reputation in the global antitrust community," Dewey antitrust cochair Paul Victor said in a statement. "She will help us immensely build our antitrust practice, especially in our Washington, D.C., office."

Henry represents clients in antitrust grand jury investigations, including international cartel matters, and has particular expertise coordinating defenses worldwide. According to a bio on Howrey's Web site, Henry joined Howrey in 1980, following a federal court clerkship in the Eighth Circuit with Judge Floyd Gibson. She is a 1978 graduate of Rutgers University law school and received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College.

Henry's departure follows news reported on Wednesday of a large group of Howrey construction lawyers heading to Pillsbury and Jones Day. Led by star partner and practice cochairman John Heisse in San Francisco, 15 of the 17 construction lawyers are joining Pillsbury. (Click here for a report from The Recorder, a sibling publication, on Heisse's move.) The other two--fellow construction practice cochairmen Andrew Ness and partner Kevin O'Brien--are moving to Jones Day. (Last month, Jones Day announced it had hired seven top Howrey construction partners in San Francisco.) All 17 were part of the 40-lawyer construction practice that came to Howrey from Thelen, which dissolved in 2008, the NLJ reports.

Meanwhile, Morrison & Foerster announced that it has hired a Howrey funds transmission and anti-money laundering regulation expert. Ezra Levine has joined the firm as senior of counsel in MoFo's D.C. office. Additionally, Sidley Austin has hired a Brussels-based Howrey life sciences partner--Maarten Meulenbelt has joined the firm as a partner.



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Howreying for the Exits: More Partner Departures; Bootcamp Gets the Boot
Above the Law, 3/2/11

Howrey Loses Corporate Chair and Antitrust Partner in D.C.; Insurance Recovery Cochair in Chicago; Three More in Europe
The Am Law Daily, 3/1/11

Shearman Plucks Five Howrey Antitrust Partners in Brussels
The Am Law Daily, 2/23/11

Howrey Antitrust Cohead Leaving Firm; Salt Lake City Office to Close
The Am Law Daily, 1/20/11

Howrey Vice-Chairman Heads to Dewey & LeBoeuf
The Am Law Daily, 1/18/11

Howrey Litigation Cochair Heading to Sidley Austin
The Am Law Daily, 12/13/1

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