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Former Howrey Chairman Will Join Winston’s DC Office

Posted Sep 12, 2011 11:17 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former Howrey chairman and CEO Robert Ruyak will join Winston & Strawn’s Washington, D.C., office.

Ruyak will be a partner in the firm’s global litigation practice, report the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, the Am Law Daily and a press release. He led Howrey beginning in 2000 until its dissolution in March.

Winston chairman Dan Webb says hiring Ruyak is a "major coup," according to the Am Law Daily. He maintains that Winston has "literally no risk whatsover" by hiring Ruyak amid Howrey's bankruptcy.

Winston & Strawn made offers to about three-quarters of Howrey’s lawyers, but only about 40 of them joined the law firm, according to the Tribune. Winston & Strawn has blamed conflicts of interest discovered after offers were made for the low number of acceptances.

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