Orrick Expands Boston Office With Holland & Knight’s Hall

Feb. 16, 2021, 11:00 AM

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is building out its Boston office with the addition of Holland & Knight litigation partner Stephen Hall.

Hall, who joined Holland & Knight in 2014, specializes in high-value commercial disputes, class actions, complex fraud schemes and deceptive business practices.

He wants to help “build a world-class trial team out of the Boston office” to attract high-value litigation and compete for interesting, complex trial work, Hall told Bloomberg Law in an interview.

His addition follows several high-profile hires by Orrick in recent weeks, including David Schulman, co-leader of Dechert’s life sciences group, and Ashley Walter, head of Fenwick & West’s corporate social responsibility governance and compliance practice.

The firm’s Boston office now has nearly 30 lawyers, focused on life sciences, corporate transactions, cyber and privacy and intellectual property litigation.

Orrick moved to the city in early 2019 with the addition of Ropes & Gray’s data privacy partners Doug Meal and Heather Egan Sussman and litigators Seth Harrington and Michelle Visser.

Late last year, Orrick started a life sciences licensing team in Boston led by former general counsel of biotech company Velocity Sciences Shana Solomon late last year.

Unlike other groups in the Boston office, whose practices are national in scope, Hall’s work will be focused on representing national companies in the Massachusetts market and Boston courts.

“Adding myself as a Massachusetts litigator and trial lawyer, it brings that hometown feel to the office,” he said. He has been involved with the Boston Bar Association and other affinity bar associations in the city.

Hall’s work with clients has included internal investigations, government enforcement actions, discrimination claims and regulatory compliance matters. He has particular experience in False Claims Act cases, an increasingly active area of litigation following the spread of Covid-19.

“When I look at Orrick’s robust trial practice and my background in representing companies in life sciences and finance industries, I see that the two are very complimentary to each other,” he said.

While Orrick has made additions, it has also seen some departures in recent weeks. Litigators Melinda Haag, Walter Brown, and Randy Luskey left the firm to join Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison to help the Wall Street firm open its San Francisco office.

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

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com
John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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