Posted Sep 12, 2011 04:17 pm CDT
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.