Vedder Price has formed a government contracts practice in D.C. by luring the former heads of two other big-firm practices, the firm announced Monday.
Kevin Connelly and Eric Marcotte, formerly of Seyfarth Shaw and Winston & Strawn, respectively, join Vedder Price as shareholders. Associate Kelly Buroker also made the leap from Seyfarth. The lateral moves establish Vedder Price’s government contracts practice. Connelly said the firm is currently in talks with other attorneys.
“We have a number of people in the pipeline and we think that number will grow very quickly,” Connelly said in an interview. “We’re going to do it carefully.”
Connelly, who joined Seyfarth Shaw as a first-year associate and spent 27 years with the firm, was the chair of Seyfarth’s government contracts practice since 2002. Connelly represents defense and civil contractors in litigation and counsels on federal procurement law.
Marcotte focuses on government procurement and litigation related to government-funded contracts at the federal, state, local and international level.
Connelly said that he had worked with Marcotte for a number of years and that the two had talked about working together some day. Connelly said the opportunity to start a new practice with their existing clients and the lack of conflicts contributed to the decision to make the move.
“It’s unusual where two government contracts practices come together to form a new group,” he said.