Arent Fox has picked up four new partners for its white-collar defense practice. The additions come less than a week after three other white-collar defense lawyers, including practice chair John Nassikas III, departed for Arnold & Porter.
The lawyers joining Arent Fox are Mary Carter Andrues, Terree Bowers, Andrew Kaizer, and Peter Unger. Unger starts at the Washington office today. Andrues and Bowers started work in the Los Angeles office on March 15. Kaizer joined the New York office last month.
Andrues, Bowers, and Unger were previously with Howrey, which has garnered headlines recently for its dramatic drop in revenue last year.
Bowers, who served as U.S. attorney for the Central District of California from 1992 to 1994, oversaw the police brutality case stemming from the Rodney King beatings by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. His practice focuses his practice on complex commercial, white-collar defense and regulatory litigation.
Andrues is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California, where she served under Bowers as chief of the public corruption and civil rights section, deputy chief of the public corruption and government fraud section, and health care fraud coordinator. Her practice focuses on internal corporate investigations, international and domestic regulatory compliance and enforcement, and complex commercial litigation.
Kaizer counsels clients on securities and commodities enforcement, private and public investigations, internal investigations, hedge fund and broker-dealer regulatory compliance, and complex commercial civil litigation. He was previously a partner at Michelman & Robinson in New York.
Unger advises clients on securities investigations, litigation and compliance, internal investigations, and crisis management.
In an interview, Bowers said Howrey's revenue woes were one of the reasons the group made the move. "It was a factor, but it was not a primary reason for our moving. All firms had a bit of a struggle in 2009, so Howrey was not unusual," Bowers said. "We just wanted to be best positioned to offer our clients the best depth and breadth of experience that we could."
After a dip in headcount in 2009, Arent Fox has been on a hiring spree this year. In February, the firm, which announced last week it had named Mark Katz chairman, picked up a six-lawyer automotive group from Venable in Los Angeles. Also last month, the firm added Mark “Thor” Hearne, the former managing partner of Lathrop & Gage’s St. Louis office, in Washington.