Morrison & Foerster has added two lawyers from Alston & Bird to its Washington office.
Christopher Ford, who joins as a partner, and Scott Stevenson, who joins as of counsel, will work in the firm’s outsourcing and technology transactions groups.
Ford advises clients on joint ventures, telecommunications issues, and licensing transactions, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning and other systems integration. Stevenson’s practice focuses on domestic and offshore outsourcing transactions, as well as joint ventures, mergers, divestitures, and alliances.
Last year, Ford and Stevenson represented the state of Georgia in a $1.4 billion deal in which the state outsourced its information technology platform to IBM and AT&T, and with private companies in other multimillion-dollar technology outsourcing arrangements.
Ford says the move was driven by the need to find a firm with an international presence in its outsourcing practice.
“We had a pretty successful outsourcing practice at Alston & Bird, but we didn’t feel the firm’s infrastructure could handle our practice going forward,” Ford says. “To us Morrison & Foerster was a perfect marriage because they have a strong European and Asian presence but were looking to build up their American offerings. It came together nicely.”