25 member construction litigation team leaves Howrey

March 3, 2011 A 25 member construction litigation team from Howrey is set to join Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in its Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC and New York offices. The team is comprised of six partners - John Heisse, David Dekker, Robert Thum, Jeffrey Gans, Melissa Lesmes and Michael McNamara - along with two counsel and seven associates.

Pillsbury Firm Chair Jim Rishwain said: “We are enthusiastic to have this team of market-leading professionals join Pillsbury, as these attorneys are remarkable for their breadth of litigation and arbitration experience combined with an unsurpassed focus on construction and infrastructure.”

This group defection is just the latest in a very long line of departures from the troubled Howrey. Other recent losses include Washington DC corporate partner and firm general counsel Roger Klein, who is headed to Sheppard Mullin; DC antitrust partner C. Scott Hataway is set to join Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker; London antitrust partner Shaun Goodman and counsel Sarah Jordan have joined with Kirkland & Ellis; the head of Howrey’s London antitrust practice, Tom McQuail, is headed for Morrison & Foerster; last week Howrey lost five antitrust partners in Brussels to Shearman & Sterling, and this week Chicago firm Neal Gerber & Eisenberg announced the hire of Howrey insurance recovery cochair Jill Berkeley and partner Seth Lamden.

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