Since the end of June, 22 partners and 11 associates have left Patton Boggs. Jackson Lewis, Arent Fox and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr last week each brought on former Patton Boggs attorneys.
Jackson Lewis picked up six former Patton Boggs lawyers, adding to the firm’s workplace safety and health groups. Partners Henry Chajet, R. Brian Hendrix, Robert Horn and Avidan Meyerstein will work in Jackson Lewis’ Washington office. Mark Savit and Donna Vetrano Pryor are based in Denver. Jackson Lewis also announced the arrival of partner Tressi Cordaro, formerly with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart.
In an interview, Jackson Lewis chairman Vincent Cino talked about the benefit of bringing over a group of lateral partners. "They have their clients, and they know how to work with each other and deal with their stable of clients," Cino said. "On our side, it is making sure that they are seamlessly assimilated in the Jackson Lewis culture."
The firm, Cino said, had been in talks with the Patton Boggs attorneys for about six months leading up to the move. In an interview, Chajet, who practices in environmental, health and safety, and antitrust matters, said the group of attorneys had been exploring new options for a year. The group, he said, talked with a handful of firms before deciding on Jackson Lewis.
"I'm focused on the future and on integrating our practice with the Jackson Lewis practice and making sure that our clients are well served and that they don't miss a beat on the practice of law," Chajet said. "Our safety and health law practice engages us on behalf of clients on a wide variety of regulatory rulemaking and crisis management matters."
The group brings a range of expertise, including occupational and mine safety, crisis management, litigation, government investigations and regulatory matters. Chajet said that one the factors that attracted the group to Jackson Lewis was the firm’s specialization in employment law. "The exchange of expertise here is a tremendous benefit," Chajet said. "We hope that we can bring the same benefit."
Holland & Knight took the bulk of the recent Patton Boggs departures, staffing the firm’s office in Dallas with 23 former Patton attorneys. Last week, former Patton Boggs real estate partner David Martin moved to Arent Fox. Jonathan Yarowsky joined Wilmer to lead the firm’s legislative affairs and public policy practice. Yarowsky said he’d been contemplating leaving Patton Boggs for some time.
Patton Boggs, meanwhile, today announced the firm had hired aviation attorney Naveen Rao, of counsel in the Washington office. Rao joins Patton Boggs from Jones Day. Rao’s practice will include counseling aviation and aerospace clients before the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation. Rao wasn’t immediately reached for comment.
“Despite deregulation more than thirty years ago, few sectors of the national economy must comply with more complex regulation than aviation,” a former U.S. secretary of Transportation, Rodney Slater, said in a statement. “Increased national security concerns have further expanded government oversight of the airline industry.”