Bloomberg Law
Jan. 18, 2023, 1:13 PM

Wake Up Call: Goodwin Poaches 17 Troutman Health-Care Partners

Rick Mitchell
Rick Mitchell
Freelance Correspondent

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  • Boston-based Goodwin Procter, which announced dozens of layoffs earlier this month, is reportedly opening a Philadelphia office with 17 health-care transactions focused partners poached from Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders. The group, likely to include associates, features three top Troutman dealmakers in Philadelphia: Rachael Bushey, chair of Troutman’s health sciences department, white collar criminal defense partner Tom Gallagher, and John Jones, chair of its health-care transactions and regulatory practices. Gallagher, a former federal prosecutor, was executive committee chair at pre-merger Pepper Hamilton and was briefly vice chairman at the merged Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders. (Philadelphia Business Journal) (Above The Law)
  • Atlanta-based worklaw firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete grabbed a 44-person cybersecurity and data security team from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, including 32 lawyers across 17 cities in 12 states. The group is led by practice chair Sean Hoar, in Portland, Oregon, and vice-chairs Richard Goldberg in Philadelphia, Lindsay Nickle in Dallas, Sarah Rugnetta in Buffalo, New York, Allen Sattler in Orange County, California, and Alyssa Watzman in Denver. Constangy also said it’s opening new offices in six cities including Washington. (
  • Management-side worklaw firm Littler Mendelson named Chicago shareholder Michael Wilder to be the new chair of its board of directors. He succeeds Minneapolis-based shareholder Kate Mrkonich Wilson, who reached the firm’s three-year term limit and will continue on as a board member. Littler also elected three new board members. (

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • E-discovery giant Relativity hired legal tech in-house veteran Adam Weiss as chief administrative officer and chief legal officer. He spent 16 years at talent-management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand, including close to five as chief administrative officer and general counsel. Cornerstone was acquired by private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group in late 2021 in a $5.2 billion deal. (PR Newswire)
  • Kansas City, Missouri-headquartered Husch Blackwell plans to lease space for a downtown Minneapolis office that will start out with 15 attorneys and add more later. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
  • The last year has seen a surge in law firms launching “crisis management” practice groups. (Legal Intelligencer)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Weil Gotshal hired back corporate lawyer Arnie Fridhandler as a private equity partner in New York. He was an associate at the firm earlier in his career and returns from Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Private Limited, where he was vice president and assistant general counsel. (
  • ArentFox Schiff said longtime Pryor Cashman sports attorney Eric Fishman joined the firm as a partner in New York. (Arent Fox Schiff)
  • Mayer Brown brought in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer antitrust litigator Richard Snyder as a partner in Washington. (
  • Greenspoon Marder added two litigators in Newark, New Jersey, getting partner Kelly Purcaro and senior counsel Kory Ann Ferro. (
  • Polsinelli added veteran nonprofit and public finance attorney Brandon Pond as a shareholder in its Salt Lake City, Utah, and Seattle offices. (
  • Stoel Rives picked up litigators Tom Johnson and Misha Isaak as partners in Portland, Oregon. They arrive from Perkins Coie, where Johnson was chair of the Portland litigation group. Isaak was earlier general counsel to former Oregon Governor Kate Brown. (
  • Cantaloupe, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed digital payments and self-service retail software services company, hired Discover Financial Services in-house leader Anna Novoseletsky as chief legal and compliance officer, general counsel and corporate secretary. She’s a former Latham & Watkins attorney. (Canteloupe, Inc.)
  • Fitch Group, a global financial information services provider, promoted London-based Fitch Ratings chief compliance officer Bruce Legorburu to group general counsel. The former Squire Patton Boggs partner is replacing Charles D. Brown, who’s retiring after 25 years. (Fitch Ratings)

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