Two Dow Lohnes partners have decamped for Venable's Washington office.
Stephanie Loughlin and Ralph Hardy, Jr. join Venable's tax and wealth planning and corporate practices, respectively.
Loughlin is the former head of Dow Lohnes tax planning practice where she advised on joint ventures, acquisitions and transactions. She has done work for clients in the media, entertainment, education and hotel industries. Hardy's focus is on transactions for companies in the technology, energy, pulp and paper sectors. Neither Loughlin nor Hardy could immediately be reached for comment.
"Our transactions group is getting a pair of extremely talented and versatile deal advisers in Stephanie Loughlin and Ralph Hardy," Charles J. Morton, Jr., co-chairman of Venable’s corporate practice, said in a written release. "Their experience in handling sophisticated corporate matters for closely held businesses, along with advising on intricate tax structures and pressing legislative and other government matters, makes them a valuable addition to our Washington practice."
In the past, Loughlin and Hardy worked with a number of Venable attorneys, notably legislative and public affairs partner Jeffrey Kurzweil, according to the written release.
The departures are the latest in a spate of partner defections for Dow Lohnes, which is looking for a merger partner, according to sibling publication Am Law Daily. The loss of client Cox Enterprises, further cut into the firm's business. The latest departures leave Dow Lohnes with 38 partners in Washington, according to the firm's website.