Sidley Austin has been trying to lure back former partner Daniel Meron since he left his post as general counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services last year. Earlier this month, Sidley’s Washington managing partner, Carter Phillips, told Legal Times, “We’re still pursuing him aggressively.”
Those efforts, though, didn’t pan out: Meron will join Latham & Watkins’ D.C. office on Sept. 1 as a partner and global co-chair of the firm’s health care and life sciences practice.
Latham’s Washington managing partner, Eric Bernthal, says Meron is “a great catch. ... He has just one of these absolutely dazzling resumes.”
Meron was sworn in as general counsel of Health and Human Services in August 2006. He had previously been principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Division at the Department of Justice. Prior to joining Justice, he was a partner in Sidley’s D.C. office, where he focused on appellate, regulatory, and commercial litigation.
Phillips says Meron’s decision came down to a tight race between Sidley and Latham, but that ultimately, he understands why Meron made the choice he did. “I think he hopes to be able to create something new at Latham.”