Bullivant to close California office

March 15, 2011 Bullivant Houser Bailey has announced that it will close its office in Sacramento California, after the bulk of its lawyers jumped ship for rival firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell in San Fransisco.

The departing group includes the former chairman of Bullivant's board – M. Taylor Florence, the chair of Bullivant's corporate finance and international transactions practice – Scott Bartel, the chair of the firm's tax practice management group – Regina Schroder, the antitrust and trade regulation practice head – Daveed Schwartz, the partner in charge of the Sacramento office – Eric Stiff, along with partners Christopher Bakes, John Yung and Daniel Eng. Also joining the firm as senior counsel are Deborah Seo and associates Shauna Correia, Krista Dunzweiler, Kelly Gaide, and Ryan Oliver.

The president and general counsel of Bullivant, Beth Skillern, says that the firm decided to close the office in January. "Discussions among our shareholders, including the Sacramento shareholders, about a transition of the Sacramento lawyers to another firm began in early January 2011" she says. "The office officially ceased operating as a Bullivant office on February 28."

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