Updated 5:47 p.m.
McKenna, Long & Aldridge has added 15 attorneys to its litigation practice, including 12 in northern Virginia. Five partners and seven associate counsels will join the firm in its new office in McLean, Va. All the laterals were previously with Dombroff Gilmore Jaques & French. The firm is also adding an office in Miami.
Joining as partners are Thomas Almy, Morgan Campbell, Mark Dombroff, Dane Jaques and Mark McKinnon. Joining as associate counsel are Shaleeza Altaf, Matthew Clark, James Eastwood, Camilla Lee, Cecilia Littleton, Darcy Osta and Erin Slusser.
The team adds experience in the areas of contract disputes, warranty claims, employment litigation and Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions.
In an interview, chairman Jeffrey Haidet said that the majority of the Dombroff Gilmore attorneys joined McKenna Long. He said that while it was not a merger, Dombroff would cease to exist. The McLean-based attorneys will occupy the same space as their previous firm.
Haidet said the McLean office was a key addition in part because of its proximity to government contractors. "Defense and aerospace are big areas for us," he said. "We feel like the capabilities that these groups have both in litigation and compliance is a great fit for our client base."
After McKenna Long's combination last year with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, the firm turned its sights on the East Coast. "We are now turned toward growing our Washington office, looking for high quality, regulatory-related practices," he said.