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12 More Dewey Partners Are Leaving, Including Energy Group Jumping to Hunton

Posted Apr 17, 2012 9:52 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Corrected: In two days' time, there is news of 12 more partner defections at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

The latest announcement comes in a press release today revealing that six Dewey lawyers have joined the global energy and infrastructure practice at Hunton & Williams. Among them is Bud Ellis, formerly co-head of Dewey's utilities, power and pipelines industry group. The press release referred to the lawyers as partners, but the Am Law Daily and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog says one member of the group was of counsel at Dewey. At Hunton, all will be partners.

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Am Law Daily summarize seven equity partner departures revealed on Monday. They include:

• Michael Klein, an administrative law partner in Washington, D.C., who has moved to Cozen O’Connor, according to the Am Law Daily.

• London private equity specialists Mark Davis and Russell Van Praagh, who are moving to McDermott Will & Emory, Legal Week reports.

• A four-partner team led by capital markets attorney Camille Abousleiman has indicated a future move to Dechert, report Legal Week and the Lawyer. Abousleiman and another partner are based in London, while two other partners are based in Dubai. A fifth person making the move is identified as a “local partner” who has no capital stake, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog says.

At least 65 Dewey partners have left the firm this year.

Updated on April 11 to include publications referring to one Dewey lawyer as of counsel.

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