Four energy partners have returned to Hogan Lovells after defecting to DLA Piper last year.
Kevin Lipson, Stefan Krantz, John Lilyestrom, and Christopher Schindler have rejoined Hogan Lovells’ Washington office. The quartet, along with Lee Alexander, left Hogan Lovells in January 2012. Alexander, a partner who focuses on federal regulatory and transactional energy issues, will remain at DLA Piper.
Lipson, co-chair of Hogan’s energy industry group at that time, focuses his practice on energy-related enforcement and compliance issues that arise before FERC and the CFTC.
“I have spent 18 years at Hogan prior to departing and I missed the platform, the lawyers and the quality of lawyers,” Lipson said in a phone interview. “DLA piper is an excellent firm and we helped them establish a niche in the energy space that they did not have prior to our arrival, and their clients benefit from it.”
Lipson added that there was no economic or business reason for their return and that it was a personal decision to return practice with the people they practiced with for a longtime.
DLA Piper issued a statement through a spokesman.
“We wish them well,” said Josh Epstein, spokesman for the firm. Alexander was not available for comment.
Krantz works on complex regulatory litigation. Lilyestrom is an expert in power generation, transmission, regional transmission organizations and reliability. Schindler focuses on mid-stream activities and energy trading and has handled natural gas storage projects. None of them was immediately available for comment.
“These energy lawyers are among the best in the country and we are delighted to welcome them back to Hogan Lovells,” Warren Gorrell, co-CEO of Hogan, said in a press release.