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Crowell & Moring Nabs Orrick Lawyer for San Francisco Expansion

Jan. 21, 2021, 5:02 AM

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Warrington Parker is joining Crowell & Morning as it looks to expand litigation and white collar and regulatory enforcement groups in San Francisco.

Crowell & Moring’s strengths in white collar and regulatory, civil litigation, and government contracts were a good fit with his practice, Parker said. Plus, the Washington-founded firm’s ambitions to grow in San Francisco let him reunite with former Orrick colleagues.

“I look forward to working with them as a team to help build out and develop the San Francisco office,” Parker said.

The hiring shows how Crowell & Moring, historically associated with the nation’s capital, has been busy expanding its West Coast presence. In April the firm hired four attorneys from shuttered legal services Atrium in San Francisco, along with Steven Ryan from DLA Piper in Washington.

“At Crowell, we aim to grow our San Francisco office significantly in the years ahead,” Philip Inglima, chair of Crowell & Moring, told Bloomberg Law in an email. “It has been a hub for some of our most active litigators and the driver for our greatest trial activity in recent years.”

Inglima said that the firm is committed to expanding its white collar practice as well as its corporate practice in California. “Warrington’s arrival is an important step in that direction,” he said.

Parker, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California’s criminal division, joined Orrick in 2008 as of counsel before becoming partner in 2012. Prior to that he had been co-chair of now-defunct Heller Ehrman’s appellate group and a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

He has tried over 25 cases related to securities fraud, money laundering, employment discrimination, racial discrimination, copyright, and breach of contract, among others. He also has experience in commercial and technology litigation, as well as False Claims Act investigations.

Parker has conducted internal investigations for companies and boards, both nationally and internationally, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and financial irregularity probes in China, Japan and India. He has represented the likes of Ebay, Instacart and StubHub.

Crowell & Moring isn’t the only firm that has set its sights on San Francisco. Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison added four partners from Orrick and Kirkland & Ellis who will help open an office in the Bay Area for the Wall Street firm.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

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John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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