McDermott Expands With Dozens of DLA Attorneys, San Francisco Office

March 29, 2018, 6:10 PM

Chicago-based McDermott Will & Emery is expanding its ranks with dozens of attorneys from DLA Piper, including Jeffrey Steiner, who will head the firm’s real estate finance practice area and join its management committee.

In an internal memo obtained by Big Law Business, McDermott chairman Ira Coleman also announced that the firm will be opening a new San Francisco office later this year. The firm currently has California offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Silicon Valley.

The memo also included the news reported by BLB earlier this month that rainmaking litigator Mike Poulos left DLA Piper for McDermott Will & Emery, along with six other partners including employment attorney Mike Sheehan. Poulos and Sheehan also joined McDermott’s management committee.

A spokesperson for McDermott confirmed the new hires and the firm’s plans to open a San Francisco office.

“We are delighted that these outstanding attorneys have chosen McDermott as their new home,” Coleman said in a statement to Big Law Business. “We look forward to bringing their experience to bear for our current clients, and to introducing their clients to the breadth and depth of our platform. Our immediate priority, of course, is welcoming our colleagues and ensuring a seamless transition for everyone. At the same time, we also wish our respected industry peer, DLA, much continued success.”

All told, approximately 50 partners, counsel, and associates in real estate finance, employment, and litigation are moving from DLA to McDermott, according to Coleman’s memo.

Steiner, who was global co-chair of DLA Piper’s finance practice and a member of its executive committee, is joined in New York by partners Scott Weinberg and Robert Unger in McDermott’s real estate finance practice area. One outlier, partner Dino Fazlibegu, joined the group from Nixon Peabody.

New employment partners include Ellen Bronchetti, Rachel Cowen, Pankit Doshi, Dave Durham, Ron Holland, Maria Rodriguez, Chris Foster, Marilyn Pearson, and Michelle Strowhiro. New litigation partners include Seth Friedman, Tim Hoeffner, Raphael Larson, Mike Piazza, Nicole Figueroa, Jason Gerstein, and Larry Wojcik.

The partners are joined by counsel Robert Mower and Michael Twersky in real estate finance and Kevin Connelly in employment, according to the memo.

The new hires come less than a year after Coleman announced his goal to make McDermott one of the top 25 most profitable law firms in the United States.

The teams led by Poulos and Sheehan have already opened more than 60 new matters and brought in 200 new clients since joining the firm, Coleman’s memo said.

“With these new clients and the expansion of our service offerings to our existing clients, we expect a top-line revenue impact of more than $100MM on a yearly basis,” Coleman wrote.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephanie Russell-Kraft at srussellkraft@gmail.com.

To contact the editor on this story: Casey Sullivan at csullivan@bloomberglaw.com and Nicholas Datlowe at ndatlowe@bloomberglaw.com.

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