Miller & Chevalier has picked up its third attorney from the Washington office of Baker & McKenzie in the past month.
George Clarke III has joined Miller & Chevalier as a partner in the litigation and tax practices. At Baker & McKenzie, where he spent the past eight years, he was a senior associate.
Clarke says he will work in the “hybrid areas” of tax litigation at his new firm. “What you’re seeing is an integration of many areas of tax, white-collar, and FCPA compliance and investigations, so I’m going to focus on where those vectors integrate,” he says.
Marianna Dyson, chair of Miller & Chevalier, says Clarke will be a nice fit in the firm’s “aggressive push” to expand its presence in the District while maintaining the feel of what she refers to as “a smaller firm that is stubbornly independent.”
“You never can sit on your hands because a firm is only as hearty as the talent that is joining it,” she says. “We’re in a shopping mode for talent right now. We’ve added six or seven new lawyers over the past year. I troll for talent. That’s what I do.”
Dyson adds the fact that three of the firm’s newest additions came from Baker & McKenzie is “purely coincidental.” (Miller & Chevalier brought on partners Anne Batter and Thomas Cryan from Baker & McKenzie in early May.) "I came from Baker, so I know the quality of the attorneys over there," she says.