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As Howrey Closes, 32-Lawyer Team Heads to Baker Botts, Another 40 Go to Winston & Strawn

Posted Mar 16, 2011 1:58 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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As Howrey calls it a day, the firm's remaining lawyers are packing their bags.

Among them, a 32-attorney antitrust team including former vice chairman Sean F.X. Boland, the co-head of the firm's practice group, is moving to Baker Botts, reports Legal Week. Eight other partners are also included in the 32-lawyer contingent.

Although the Am Law Daily.had previously reported that at least 45 lawyers from the firm's Houston office, including 16 partners, would be joining Winston & Strawn, as well as, possibly, some lawyers from Howrey's other offices, that number apparently may be high:

A subsequent press release from Winston & Strawn says that a team of "more than 40" lawyers from the Houston office of Howrey will be joining the firm, which is now opening its 15th office there.

Two additional Houston lawyers, Henry "Hank" Petri and Janelle Waack, are joining Novak Druce + Quigg, an intellectual property firm.

Meanwhile, at the 55-year-old firm, which officially closed yesterday, it was a sad day, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

It notes that commercial litigation and trial practice group co-chair Martin Cunniff has joined Arent Fox as a partner.

The Am Law Daily article lists additional moves.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "2 Howrey Partners Say They Waited As Long As They Could Before Heading for the Exits"

ABAJournal.com: "Partnership Vote Seals Howrey’s Fate, But Future Is Unclear for Some of Its Lawyers"

ABAJournal.com: "Four Howrey Antitrust Partners in DC Join Covington"

ABAJournal.com: "5 Howrey Partners Depart for Dewey & LeBoeuf, Seyfarth Shaw"

Updated on March 17 to include and accord with Winston & Strawn press release.

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