Winston & Strawn appears to be on a hiring spree. Amid reports that the firm has made offers to about three-quarters of Howrey’s partners comes the news that Winston has added a partner and counsel from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Winston’s latest hires are Mark Bravin, who chaired Morgan Lewis’ international arbitration group, and Don Wallace Jr. Bravis joins as a partner in Washington, and Wallace joins as of counsel.
Bravin’s practice focuses on transnational litigation and commercial arbitration disputes involving private parties as well as sovereign governments appearing before U.S. courts and international arbitral tribunals. Bravin also advises clients on international regulatory and enforcement issues as well as on administrative law relating to customs, export controls, embargoes and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Among the clients Bravin has represented are the State Property Fund of Ukraine, Tenneco Automotive Inc., Packaging Corp. of America, Pactiv Corp., Foremost-McKesson Inc., CDI Japan Ltd., The Swiss Confederation and the Carbide/Graphite Group Inc.
Most recently, Bravin represented the government of Romania in an investment dispute under the Romania-Greece bilateral investment treaty before the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
In addition to his work in private practice, Wallace is a professor emeritus and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, serves as chairman of the International Law Institute, is a member of the secretary of state’s advisory committee on private international law and participates in the UNCITRAL working group on arbitration.
His practice focuses on international trade and investment, international litigation and arbitration. He has a specialty in international public procurement, and has been involved in issues dealing with privately financed infrastructure. In addition, Wallace has been an ICSID arbitrator appointed by Egypt in two cases.
The additions of Bravin and Wallace come as Winston stands positioned to take on a huge portion of Howrey’s partnership as Howrey continues to suffer from mass defections. As The National Law Journal affiliate The Recorder reported Wednesday, Howrey chairman Robery Ruyak has encouraged the Howrey partners who received offers from Winston to accept the offers sooner rather than later.
Morgan Lewis has also benefited from Howrey’s troubles. The National Law Journal reported earlier this week that the firm had hired away three partners and two associates in Howrey’s Chicago office, including Chicago managing partner David Clough and class action practice leader Kenneth Kliebard.
Also this week, Morgan Lewis announced that it had picked up Howrey litigators Robert Gooding Jr. and Scott Garner and four associates in Irvine, Calif. Gooding was co-chairman of the securities litigation, white collar and government enforcement practice.
In all, Morgan Lewis brought on 11 lawyers from Howrey.