Posted May 06, 2013 04:15 pm CDT
After an unusual high-profile dispute between a former partner of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and the firm, another six lawyers are expected to leave the international labor and employment boutique Monday to join competitor Littler Mendelson, their new firm has announced.
Within the last two weeks, another seven Ogletree lawyers joined Littler, where the former partner involved in the dispute, Don Prophete, was already working, Reuters reports.
The new group includes partner Tamika Nordstrom and includes five associates.
In a press release provided to the ABA Journal, Littler calls Prophete, a former Ogletree vice president who founded that firm’s Kansas City office, the “catalyst for multiple lateral and associate additions.”
Reuters said that Nordstrom and managing shareholder Kim Ebert of Ogletree were unavailable for comment last week and a firm spokesman for Ogletree declined to comment.
In a statement provided to Reuters earlier, concerning the previous exit of the other seven Ogletree lawyers, Ebert said, “While we are disappointed with these departures, this will in no way affect our continued success and growth—in Kansas City or around the globe.”
He also said that those who had worked with Prophete over the longest period of time had opted to stick with Ogletree.
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