Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker is stocking up on bank regulatory attorneys. The firm just hired two attorneys in D.C. to bolster the bank regulatory practice V. Gerard “Jerry” Comizio as a partner and Lawrence Kaplan as of counsel. Previously, Comizio was a partner at Thacher Proffitt & Wood, and Kaplan practiced at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner. Both are former attorneys with the Department of Treasury.
Just last year, Paul Hastings had only a couple of attorneys in the practice area but was looking to grow the group especially in the D.C. office. Now there are 15 firmwide. And the firm says it’s getting ready to add even more D.C. lawyers in order to keep up with client demand for advice on everything from the subprime meltdown to the shaky credit markets.
"[The economy] makes the demand for what we do critically important these days," says John Douglas, who practices in the firm’s D.C. and Atlanta offices and heads the bank regulatory practice. "This is the time when financial companies need good advice."