Crowell & Moring has added an antitrust partner to its Washington office, the firm announced Tuesday.
David Laing, formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie, said he made the move because of the bench strength of Crowell’s antitrust practice.
Laing said that going from a practice group of eight in Washington to Crowell's group, with almost 70 attorneys, has its advantages. Laing conceded that Baker’s international platform was difficult to top, but noted that having such a large attorney headcount created a greater propensity for conflicts.
Laing is a former trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, where he participated in grand jury and merger review investigations.
“One other thing that the small firm allows is the opportunity to do plaintiff’s work,” Laing said, noting that he didn't get a chance to do that type of work at his former firm.