During the past year, Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider has steadily increased its presence in Washington. The New York-based firm launched the D.C. office in January 2009 with three lawyers. Since then, the firm has added five more lawyers to the office.
The most recent addition to the firm is Behnam Dayanim, who previously co-chaired Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s privacy and information security and advertising practices. Dayanim, who started work at Axinn Veltrop last week, focuses his practice on internal investigations, voluntary or directed disclosures to government agencies, agency investigations and litigation.
At Axinn Veltrop, Dayanim will serve as co-chair of the firm’s litigation and regulatory practice. His clients include Mead Johnson Nutrition Co, Harrah’s Entertainment, Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc., and PartyGaming.
In the past two months, Axinn Veltrop has also relocated antitrust and litigation partner Michael Keeley from its New York office and brought on the hiring of associate Rachel Adcox from the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.
Dayanim said that Axinn Veltrop has made expanding its Washington office a key part of the firm’s strategy, and that his role will include working to increase headcount in the firm’s regulatory practices in the nation’s capital.
Axinn Veltrop was founded in 1997 by three former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom lawyers and focuses on antitrust, intellectual property, and litigation. The firm has made a habit of adding lawyers from other Big Law firms.
Last year, the firm brought on former Howrey partner John Briggs to serve as managing partner of the Washington office. The firm has also hired lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf, Sullivan & Cromwell and Simpson Thacher.