Jackson Lewis LLP hired seven environmental and health and safety lawyers, including a team of six from Patton Boggs LLP’s Washington and Denver offices. The seventh is from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
Moving to Jackson Lewis from Patton Boggs were partners Henry Chajet, Robert Horn, R. Brian Hendrix and Mark Savit. The others were Avidan Meyerstein, of counsel, and Donna Vetrano Pryor, an associate. Tressi Cordaro joined from Ogletree. All are partners at the new firm and join the workplace safety and health practice.
“This is a natural extension of the OSHA practice but it brings in very highly talented lawyers who are the name players in mine safety issues,” Vincent A. Cino, Jackson Lewis’s chairman, said in an interview, referring to the law firm’s U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration practice.
Jackson Lewis, a firm that emphasizes labor and employment law, has hired 17 lateral partners this year and opened five new offices. They are in Tampa, Florida; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Dayton, Ohio; and Rapid City, South Dakota. The firm doubled in size to 750 lawyers since 2006, adding 33 offices, Cino said. It now has 54.
The departures are the latest for Patton Boggs, which has lost 19 partners in the past month. Last month the firm confirmed that 17 partners were leaving. The firm didn’t immediately comment today on the Jackson Lewis hires.
Recently departing lawyers include 12 to Holland & Knight LLP to help open a Dallas office. Patton Boggs said in March that it was firing 65 people including 22 lawyers.
The firm’s revenue last year fell 6.5 percent to $317.5 million, according to a survey by the American Lawyer, a trade magazine. Average profit per partner fell 15 percent to $735,000, the magazine said.
Chajet said in an interview that being able to draw on varied employment experts to support their practice was a huge draw for choosing Jackson Lewis.
“We wanted a U.S. law firm that had the capability of servicing international clients, and with their office geographical structure, it can’t get any better,” he said.
David Farber left Patton Boggs to join King & Spalding LLP’s food-and-drug, life sciences and health-care practices. Ugo Colella, a business litigator, joined Thompson Hine LLP.
Jonathan R. Yarowsky yesterday joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP as chairman of the firm’s legislative affairs and public-policy practice.
Patton Boggs has 10 offices in the U.S. and the Middle East and 481 lawyers and professionals, including public policy advisers, according to its website.