Jessica Nall, chair of Farella Braun & Martel’s white-collar crime and internal corporate investigations practice, has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in its San Francisco office, aiding its Northern California expansion.
Baker McKenzie announced its addition of Nall on Tuesday.
She has for nearly two decades defended companies and individuals in cases involving the Justice Department and other government agencies, Nall’s new firm said. That includes representing executives and employees in the
Nall joins Baker McKenzie less than two months after the firm announced it was cutting lawyers’ pay by 15% as a result of the economic downturn sparked by the cornavirus pandemic. The firm also recently installed new leadership in a number of its practices.
Nall, said her practice meshes well with its existing practice and felt that she could be “a real value add” to the firm’s white collar and investigations practice in the Bay Area.
“It was kind of a puzzle piece that I could just really fit into and thrive,” said Nall, who joins as a partner in Baker McKenzie’s North America litigation and government enforcement practice.
Nall’s move was brokered by Sabina Lippman, partner and co-founder of global legal recruitment firm Lippman Jungers Bala.
Nall’s arrival follows the firm’s addition of former Paul Hastings partner Bradford Newman, who joined Baker McKenzie in April in Palo Alto and launched its North America trade secrets practice.
The firm has also added a number of transactional partners to its California offices in recent months. In February mergers and acquisitions attorneys Lisa Fontenot from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Derek Liu Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, joined the firm’s Northern California offices. Leif King, the former head of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Silicon Valley corporate and M&A practice in August joined the firm in Palo Alto.
Nall began her legal career with Northern California litigation shop Farella in 2001 and, in 2014, became chair of its white-collar crime and internal corporate investigations practice.
Over the years, she has conducted internal corporate investigations for entities in the technology, financial services, energy, and health care sectors with a specific focus on tech companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. That includes handling cutting edge issues like theft of trade secrets, cyberbreaches, cybercrime and others where the government is to some degree catching up on.
“We really believe that this intersection of technology, compliance and white-collar criminal defense is a most interesting space for our clients both in the U.S and globally,” said Peter Tomczak, chair of Baker McKenzie’s North America litigation and government enforcement practice.
Nall’s experience at this intersection will add key bench-strength for Baker McKenzie internationally as well as in Northern California where the firm has been “building out fairly aggressively,” Tomczak said.