Freshfields boosts US litigation practice with Sullivans hire

September 25, 2012 UK firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is boosting its US litigation team with the hire of partner Michael Lacovara from Sullivan & Cromwell. Lacovara will join Freshfields in New York, where he’ll practice commercial litigation and antitrust law, with particular expertise in the financial services and technology sectors.

Freshfields's US disputes practice, which includes expertise in international arbitration, now comprises 13 partners and a total of 77 attorneys.

Freshfields regional managing partner Julian Pritchard said: “We’re not just trying to have a base of lawyers [in the United States] that can service work from our clients elsewhere—our approach is to build a practice that competes at the highest level of the US market.

"Developing a litigation practice has been one of the most fundamental steps we’ve taken in achieving that strategy. In other markets, most firms have less substantial litigation capabilities than a typical New York firm, but if you're building a practice over here it’s not a bad foot to lead with. It has opened a lot of doors.”

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