Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith is reaping the benefits of LeClairRyan’s plans to wind down, by adding a group of 11 attorneys from the embattled firm to its products liability practice, including LeClairRyan’s former head of litigation.
The group of attorneys will be spread across five Lewis Brisbois offices and will focus primarily on automotive warranty matters.
The group’s jump to Lewis Brisbois comes a week after LeClairRyan’s partnership formally announced that it voted to work toward dissolving the firm after months of partner departures.
The firm noted that many of its remaining attorneys will exit in short order as a dissolution committee works with the firm’s lender in the coming weeks to provide services to clients until the firm ceases to practice.
LeClairRyan partners Thomas Regan and Christopher Warren join Lewis Brisbois’ Newark, New Jersey office, along with associates Karley Kamaris and Brian Deeney. Regan took over as head of LeClairRyan’s litigation department earlier this year after its former head Elizabeth Acee was elevated to the new position of LeClairRyan’s president.
“I was looking for a firm with a dynamic but stable environment where my team could thrive,” Regan said in a statement about his decision to join Lewis Brisbois. “We knew several former colleagues who had moved to Lewis Brisbois and they confirmed that this was a firm where we could see that happen.”
Peter J. Van Zandt and Paul Efstratis are joining as partners in Lewis Brisbois’ San Francisco office, along with associate Taylor Sullivan. Former LeClairRyan partners Brian Vanderhoof and associate Erica De La Sierra are joining the Los Angeles office.
Associate Matthew McCullough will join Lewis Brisbois’ outpost in Sacramento, Calif. and another associate, Jonathan Won, will join up in Orange County, Calif.
In addition to their products liability and automotive warranty experience, Regan and his team have also worked with clients on matters including insurance, commercial litigation, intellectual property claims, and labor and employment law.
“Tom has developed some truly creative solutions for clients with his portfolio-based approach, and we’re looking forward to applying his methods to other clients and matters across the firm,” Los Angeles co-managing partner Steven Lewis said in a statement.
LeClairRyan’s Acee and the firm’s CEO C. Erik Gustafson did not immediately respond to request for comment on the attorney departures.
The firm lost numerous partners in the run up to its dissolution announcement to firms including Fox Rothschild and Pepper Hamilton.