Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Raymond Mullady, head of the litigation practice in the firm's Washington office, is moving to Blank Rome, where he will be a partner in the product liability, mass torts, and insurance group.
A spokeswoman for Blank Rome said Mullady will lead a specialty group on pharmaceutical and medical device products liability in the firm's Washington office. Mullady could not immediately be reached for comment.
In a statement issued by Blank Rome, Carl M. Buchholz, Blank Rome's managing Partner and chief executive officer, praised Mullady as “an accomplished trial lawyer with significant jury trial and complex litigation experience in a variety of areas." Mullady said in the statement that he was attracted to Blank Rome's reputation in the life sciences product liability area, geographic footprint, competitive rate structure, and the opportunity to play a direct role in helping to build the firm's practice in such a specialized area.
Mullady's first day in the Blank Rome office will be Jan. 4. Cameron Cowan, the partner-in-charge of Orrick's Washington office, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Mullady's biography on the Orrick Web site notes that he has represented, among others, pharmaceutical company Wyeth, now part of Pfizer, in product liability cases. He was also lead trial counsel for the court-appointed representative of future asbestos personal injury claimants in the W.R. Grace & Co. bankruptcy case.