Holland & Knight has hired 10 financial services litigators from Reed Smith, including two partners based in Los Angeles and Virginia.
Led by partners Abraham Colman and Travis Sabalewski, the group defends financial services companies in consumer finance cases, including alleged violations of federal and state competition and consumer protection laws.
Clients include banks, credit card companies, auto finance lenders, mortgage companies, and debt collection companies.
The team also includes counsel Raymond Kim, associates Zachary Frampton, Jonathan Marmo, Christopher Murphy, Justin Sizemore, Brandon White and Ariel Wossene, and staff attorney John Joseph.
In addition to Los Angeles and Virginia, members of the group will practice out of Philadelphia, Chicago, and Miami.
Christopher G. Kelly, head of the firm’s litigation section, said he expects the new team to be a “driver” of the firm’s future growth in the financial services industry.
“We at Holland & Knight are fortunate to have Abe, Travis and their nationwide team join the firm,” Kelly said in a statement. “This outstanding group of lawyers brings with them a roster of blue chip clients, on behalf of which the team has prevailed on many issues of first impression and made law.”
“We’d like to thank them for their contributions to the firm,” a Reed Smith spokesperson said of the departed group of attorneys.
In a statement, Colman said the group made the switch to Holland & Knight in large part because of the firm’s strategic focus on financial services.
“We also are excited about working with the firm’s innovation team to enhance the efficiency of handling our substantial caseload by incorporating cutting-edge technology into our practice, which will benefit all of our clients,” Colman said.
Holland & Knight was one of many BigLaw firms to implement furloughs and pay cuts as a precautionary measure at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The firm began rolling the austerity measures back this summer, partially restoring cut associate and staff pay.