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June 2, 2011 2:29 PM

DLA Piper's Lateral Hiring Binge Continues

Posted by Brian Baxter

The world's largest law firm by attorney headcount continued to grow this week.

DLA Piper, which took the top attorney mantle by expanding to 4,200 lawyers after its merger with an Australian alliance partner last month, added four more partners on Wednesday.

The firm recruited two practice group leaders from White & Case--former global tax planning committee chair Gerald Rokoff and former investment funds cohead David Goldstein--in New York. (White & Case also lost other partners in New York on Wednesday to Kirkland & Ellis, including former global real estate practice head Scott Berger.)

Goldstein, who will lead DLA's investment funds practice, specializes in the formation and regulation of domestic and international private equity, real estate, and hedge funds.

Rokoff has 30 years of experience handling U.S. tax-related issues for asset managers, funds sponsors, commercial and investment banks, and other investment advisers. Prior to joining White & Case in 2005, Rokoff helped launch the investment banking advisory practice at global accounting firm KPMG.

"With the addition of David and Jerry, DLA Piper deepens its investment funds bench and creates a significant opportunity to develop a holistic practice representing private equity and hedge funds in their most complex transactions," DLA corporate and finance global practice chair Roger Meltzer says in a statement. Meltzer joined the firm in his own high-profile lateral move from Cahill Gordon & Reindel four years ago.

In Houston, DLA announced on Wednesday that it hired former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman IP and technology partners Claudia Wilson Frost and Jeffrey Johnson. Frost has nearly three decades of handling state and federal trials for IP, products liability, and other complex commercial litigation, while Johnson holds a double Ph.D. in organic chemistry and mechanical engineering and is well versed in Texas patent litigation matters.

"Claudia and Jeffrey are well known and respected in the Houston legal community," DLA global IP and technology practice chair John Allcock said in a statement. "They will be integral in expanding our patent litigation presence in Texas, which continues to be an attractive destination for patent infringement filings."

As recently noted by our colleague Andrew Goldberg, an East Texas hot spot for IP cases could cool with the upcoming retirement of U.S. district judge T. John Ward, as well as chief judge David Folsom.

See below for more stories on DLA's recent expansion efforts.

 

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