Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has picked up Nicholas Porritt and William White for its litigation practice in Washington, the firm announced today. Both Porritt and White join the firm as partners.
Porritt, 40, focuses his practice on advising corporations and individuals in securities class actions and Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement matters and in related derivative shareholder claims and M&A litigation. He also handles complex commercial litigation, including civil fraud, breach of contract, FCPA and professional malpractice matters. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Porritt had spent the past six years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
White, 44, represents investment banks, accounting firms, public companies and individuals in SEC enforcement and related criminal investigations, internal investigations and securities litigation. Before entering private practice, he served for eight years in the Enforcement Division of the SEC. White joins Akin Gump from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he had spent the past 10 years.
Anthony Pierce, partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Washington office, says, “The addition of Nick and Bill builds on our ability to provide clients with holistic representation in an increasingly regulated environment. Our new partners will be of great help to our clients responding to increasingly aggressive regulatory criminal and civil securities actions.”
The addition of Porritt and White follows several other recent hires the firm has made in practices focusing on regulatory matters. In February, Akin Gump brought on Reed Russell, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and John Sopko, from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In March, the firm added Brady Dugan from the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.