Dewey Loses 8 Lawyers to Hunton & Williams, Pillsbury

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP lost eight more lawyers to Hunton & Williams LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as those firms expand their energy-related practices.

Bud Ellis, Dewey’s co-head of the utilities, power and pipelines industry group, heads to Hunton’s New York office along with partners Kevin Felz, Michael Fitzpatrick Jr., Steven Friend, Steve Loeshelle and Peter O’Brien, Hunton said today in a statement. Pillsbury hired Catherine Hood and J. Anthony Terrell in New York, the firm said in a statement. Dewey confirmed the departures.

More than 60 partners have departed New York-based Dewey voluntarily or at the firm’s insistence during what has been called a restructuring process. The largest contingent to leave was a group of 12 insurance and regulatory lawyers who went to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP last month.

“As we have said in the past, although the new direction that the firm is taking was approved and is supported by the overwhelming majority of the firm’s partners, some didn’t like the change,” Dewey said in an e-mailed statement. “The number who have left to date, including firm-initiated reductions, is consistent with the reduced headcount contemplated by our plan,” the firm said in the statement. Further departures are expected, it said.

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