Newly formed Dewey & LeBoeuf only just set sail, but Ronald Liebman, previously a partner in Patton Boggs’ Washington office, is happy with his recent move there. “I don’t exactly have my sea legs, but the firm seems to be running like one very efficient, 1,400-lawyer law firm.”
Liebman is coming up on two weeks as a senior litigation partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf. He was at Patton Boggs for 26 years, and says he was not actively pursuing a change. “I wasn’t looking at all. I was approached by them,” he says. “I became very interested the more time I spent with them. Finally, I made the decision that this was an opportunity that I really wanted to do.”
Dewey & LeBoeuf was borne of the October 1st merger of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. In a press release, the firm’s chairman Steven Davis said the litigation practice there has seen “tremendous growth.” Litigators B. Donovan Picard and Edward Rowe also recently joined from Hunton & Williams.
For Liebman, the dealmaker was Dewey & LeBoeuf’s international reach. The firm has offices on four continents. “I have done, and do a lot of work in the Middle East,” explains Liebman, who focuses on international disputes, commercial civil litigation, and some white-collar work. Somehow, he also writes novels in his spare time. “If you don’t sleep it’s amazing what you can do.”
Patton Boggs’ firmwide managing partner, Stuart Pape, says he was sorry to see Liebman go, but wishes him well.