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Wake Up Call: Winston Rents Waco, Texas Close to Patent Action

Sept. 3, 2021, 12:45 PM

In today’s column, Big Law firms have tried hard to keep their talent happy in the last year, but they’re under pressure to do more; Epstein Becker Green, Cozen O’Connor, and Rimon P.C., all announced new office launches; online message board platform Reddit is reportedly looking to hire lawyers for a $15 billion IPO in New York.

  • Leading off, Winston & Strawn is “renting space” in Waco, Texas, to allow its 40 or so intellectual property lawyers in the state to work closer to the Western District of Texas federal courthouse that has recently been a hotspot for patent trials. The firm doesn’t plan to open a full-scale office in the city. (Texas Lawyer)
  • Law firms are trying to figure out how to deal with their employees who are Covid survivors but don’t want to get vaccinated. (The American Lawyer)
  • Big law firms in the last year have used raises, bonuses, flexible work programs, and other moves to try to keep their talent satisfied. But, with lawyers and staff facing heavy workloads and lingering pandemic uncertainties, those efforts might not be enough to keep some lawyers from going elsewhere. (

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Epstein Becker Green opened an office in Columbus, Ohio, after grabbing 12 partners from local firm Bricker & Eckler, including that firm’s health care and employment law practice leaders; Cozen O’Connor added six lawyers to its private client, trusts and estates practice in South Florida. They’ll all be based in the new office it’s opening in Boca Raton; hybrid firm Rimon expanded in Europe, opening a new office in Frankfurt, Germany, for which it added three lawyers, including two former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partners. (Global Legal Post) Snell & Wilmer announced its Portland, Ore., office has moved to a new, downtown location. (
  • Some financial technology startups, looking for experienced in-house leaders, have been poaching them from Fortune 500 companies, a report says. (Corporate Counsel)
  • A Connecticut judge awarded a plaintiff $446,629 in her personal injury suit against a gym. She can’t collect because the business had no insurance, and is closed, but her lawyers say the case still served a purpose. (Connecticut Law Tribune)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Greenberg Traurig hired life sciences and product liability lawyer James Fraser, most recently at the Food and Drug Administration as associate chief counsel for litigation, as a shareholder in Washington; Blank Rome added government contracts lawyer Samarth Barot in Washington; Dykema hired cannabis lawyer John W. Fraser to its government policy and practice group and to lead the Michigan team of its cannabis practice. (Dykema)
  • Fox Rothschild, in Raleigh, N.C., recruited energy lawyer Benjamin Snowden as a partner from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, and former North Carolina Utilities Commission chief counsel David Drooz as counsel; Barnes & Thornburg added litigator and transactional lawyer Will Lewis, a former Nelson Mullins partner, as counsel in its entertainment practice Atlanta. (
  • Baker Botts said partners Johannes Koepp, in London, and Andrew Behrman, in New York, are taking over as co-chairs of its recently renamed international disputes group. They’re replacing partners Jay Alexander and Michael Goldberg, who created the group 20 years ago; alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS added retired California Court of Appeal Justice Raymond J. Ikola to its Orange County panel. It also added retired California Riverside County judge Jackson Lucky to its Inland Empire resolution center. (


  • Online message board platform Reddit is looking to hire lawyers and investment bankers for a New York initial public offering that it hopes will be worth more than $15 billion, a report says. (Reuters via The Guardian)

Legal Education

  • New York’s former top financial regulator, who helped the former Cuomo administration deal with sexual harassment allegations against ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo, once taught a class on government ethics at the New York University School of Law. (New York Law Journal)
  • The Philadelphia Bar Association said it is hooking up with the Drexel University Kline School of Law to offer the school’s students memberships with the organization. (Legal Intelligencer)

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