Exodus of Dewey partners includes half of the firm's leadership team
Winston & Strawn has scooped up 24 litigation partners from ailing law firm Dewey & LeBouef, taking on a group of around 60 lawyers in total. Among the transferring group is Jeff Kessler, chair of the firm’s litigation department and a member of the office of the chairman, along with Seth Farber, Susanne Jaffe Bloom, Paul Victor and Harvey Kurzweil.
Meanwhile, Richard Shutran - chair of Dewey’s corporate department and a member of the office of the chairman - is leaving Dewey for O’Melveny & Myers, along with Junaid Chida, the co-chair of the firm’s renewable and clean energy practice, Art Hazlitt, the chair of the firm’s tax department, and two other partners.
The departure of Jeff Kessler and Richard Shutran means the loss of half of the four person team appointed to the office of the chairman - the primary leadership organ of the firm.