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Senior Cravath Partner Makes Rare Lateral Leap

Posted Jan 11, 2012 6:59 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A senior partner of Cravath Swaine & Moore has made a rare lateral leap to another law firm.

Jeffrey Smith, who founded the firm's environmental practice group 20 years ago as a lateral hire (also unusual at Cravath), left his role as head of that practice group to join Crowell & Moring at the beginning of January, his new firm announced today.

Smith, 59, called the move a difficult choice, but said his entrepreneurial spirit couldn't resist the opportunity to try a new challenge, reports the Am Law Daily. He will work out of New York as a partner in Crowell's corporate, environmental and natural resources practice groups, focusing on broader environmental issues than at Cravath, where he supported the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice.

A law firm press release provides additional details.

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