An international trade group with Winston & Strawn will make the jump to the Washington office of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle starting next year, Curtis has announced.
Making the transition are partners William Barringer, Daniel Porter, James Durling and Christopher Dunn; a counsel, Matthew McCullough; and two associates, Ross Bidlingmaier and Yu Li.
The group focuses its practice on trade remedies cases and WTO litigation, including antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard investigations. Porter said the reason for the move was client conflicts.
“When you’re in a big firm you’re going to have some client conflict but we were seeing more and more of them,” Porter said. “It was difficult to grow our practice.”
Porter said members of the group approached Winston’s management and received a waiver to come over to Curtis. He said that the parting was amicable and that he doesn’t anticipate as many future problems with conflicts. The move to a slightly smaller firm doesn’t bother him, either.
“It’s not the same as a thousand-lawyer firm, but it can certainly offer all of the services on a day to day level that big firms can,” Porter said. “We don’t think there is going to be any difficulty in attracting business.”