Law Practice Management
Sudden Defection of Senior IP Partner Sparks Storm at Sonnenschein
Posted Dec 22, 2009 2:32 PM CST
By Martha Neil
After a senior intellectual property partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal announced yesterday that he is leaving the firm immediately to join McDermott Will & Emery, fireworks reportedly erupted.
A war of words ensued between the departing lawyer, Palo Alto, Calif., office co-managing partner Yar Chaikovsky, and other senior attorneys that created "quite a big disturbance," an unidentified attorney tells the Recorder in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).
Then, shortly after McDermott issued a press release announcing Chaikovsky's move to its Menlo Park, Calif., office, his now-former firm put him on a "leave of absence" according to his e-mail out-of-office response and what apparently is a new voice mail greeting not recorded in Chaikovsky's voice.
Chaikovsky built Sonnenschein's Silicon Valley office up from a tiny outpost to its current 20 or so lawyers, recruiting a number of McDermott attorneys to Sonnenschein in order to do so, the article notes.