Three litigation partners have signed on to join King & Spalding's Washington and New York offices. The team, which is joining the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, includes Diana Weiss, James Capra Jr., and James Cusick. Weiss will be based in Washington, and Capra and Cusick will work from King & Spalding's New York office.
Weiss focuses her practice on financial, accounting and securities-related litigation and regulatory proceedings. She has represented accountants, financial services companies and issuers in state and federal courts and in enforcement proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. She also handles internal investigations stemming from securities, commodities and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.
Capra counsels clients on litigation matters involving accountant liability, antitrust and other general commercial matters. He has represented clients in investigations by the SEC, the Justice Department, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the New York attorney general's office.
Cusick represents accounting firms, financial institutions and other businesses in trial and appellate matters.
As The National Law Journal noted in this week's issue, litigation partners who focus on government enforcement issues are in high demand on the lateral market in Washington.
Weiss declined to comment on what clients the team will be bringing to King & Spalding. But after noting that the team has represented Big Four accounting firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, she said, "We don't expect any significant change to our practice in the short term."
Weiss said that the team opted to join King & Spalding because the firm offers "a great platform where we can continue to grow our practice." She added the opportunity to work alongside former Solicitor General Paul Clement, who leads the firm's appellate practice, was also a plus. "He does a lot of work that we're looking forward to taking advantage of," Weiss said.
Weiss said that the group is in the process of physically moving to King & Spalding, but because of this weekend's blizzard, the move is taking longer than they expected. "The weather has made things a little more difficult," she said. King & Spalding's Washington office is closed today.