Thompson Hine announced yesterday that David Wilson, a former partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has joined the firm's Washington office as a partner in the firm's business litigation and competition, antitrust, and white-collar crime practice groups.
Wilson focuses his practice on business litigation, internal investigations, and securities enforcement matters.
Wilson, a 19-year veteran of Wilmer Hale, says making the move from the firm atop the Legal Times 150 list the firm ranked at No. 140 was a "unique opportunity" to help Thompson Hine expand its litigation practice.
"It was an opportunity to help shape the future of an office of an excellent firm that wants to grow in areas where I feel I am qualified to help that growth," he says.
That desire to help the firm expand is something Wilson shares with Thompson Hine's Washington partner-in-charge Charles Freed.
Freed says the firm has been going full tilt to grow its Washington office from 34 lawyers to 50 "in the near term," an effort that includes taking high-impact lawyers from some of the District's power firms.
In this year's LT 150 rankings Thompson Hine reported a 31 percent increase in the head count of its Washington office, marking the fourth-highest increase among D.C. firms.
"We have been on an aggressive strategy to grow our Washington, D.C. office, and one aspect of that strategy is to attract high-quality lateral transfers. Not surprisingly, many of those high-quality partners are at some of the larger firms in D.C.," Freed says.