DLA loses senior partner to Latham

November 6, 2017 Juan Picón has left DLA Piper for Latham & Watkins. The senior partner and global co-chair of DLA will be managing partner in his homeland Spain for the highest-grossing firm in the world, after less than two years into his co-chair term.

José Luis Blanco, Picón’s managing partner predecessor will actually being DLA’s Madrid office.

In an interview with Legal Business earlier this year, Picón stated that he “spent 220 days outside Spain. Not a lot of time with the family.” His advice for up-and-coming lawyers: “I am old enough now to know that I would do things differently if I started again and I try to convey that to the younger generation. You can be a successful lawyer and organise yourself in a different way.”

Simon Levine, global co-chief executive at DLA, made clear the firm’s disappointment with Picón’s decision, but said they ultimately “recognize the unique personal circumstances that have led him to make this decision.”

As one of DLA’s biggest billers, he leaves a hole behind in the firm. A recruit from Squire Sanders & Dempsey in 2006, Picón’s election as a senior partner in early 2016 was uncontested. His interim replacement at DLA will be experienced dispute resolution partner Janet Legrand.

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