Up to 90 Thelen Lawyers are Joining Nixon Peabody
Posted Nov 6, 2008 12:56 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Some 60 to 90 lawyers from the dissolving Thelen firm are joining Nixon Peabody, following a partnership vote today to admit dozens of new members.
"The new attorneys are joining all four of Nixon Peabody’s departments: business, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate. The firm also plans to hire a number of associates and staff from Thelen to help support the new partners," Nixon Peabody reports in a press release.
It says the new hires will triple the attorney roster in Nixon's Silicon Valley office and bump the total number of lawyers on the firm's attorney roster up to 825, the release states.
Today's vote ups the ante from a previously reported estimate that some 60 Thelen lawyers might be snapped up by Nixon Peabody.
Although the release doesn't give an estimated number of Thelen lawyers making the move to Nixon Peabody, a spokesman for the New York-based international law partnership tells ABAJournal.com in an e-mail that he expects 60 to 90 Thelen attorneys to join his firm. That estimate includes both partners and associates.
As detailed in earlier ABAJournal.com posts, Thelen urged other firms last month to hire its lawyers, following partner defections. It had been discussing a possible merger with Nixon Peabody but these talks had apparently ended by early October.
Last week, Thelen's leadership decided to close the firm, and the partnership has since voted to dissolve.
Thelen, which was created in 2006 by the merger of two New York- and San Francisco-based law firms, lost lawyers afterward and confirmed associate layoffs in March.