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Six More Dewey & LeBoeuf Partners Exit, Bringing Total Departure Tally in 2012 to 46

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Another six partners of Dewey & LeBoeuf have announced that they are leaving the law firm, bringing to 46 the total number of partner departures in 2012.

Among those leaving are James R. Woods, who co-chaired the firm’s global insurance practice. He joined Mayer Brown on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports.

Other Dewey partners among the most recent group to give notice are headed to Baker Hostetler in Washington, D.C., and the New York offices of Hogan Lovells and Patton Boggs.

The DealBook blog of the New York Times also has a story.

“We have said for weeks now that there would be additional departures both at the firm’s insistence and from professionals who didn’t feel they fit in with the new structure of the firm,” Dewey said in a Wednesday statement. “These departures, like the ones before them, will not have a negative economic impact on the firm. When we put the new structure of the firm together, it was with the anticipation that while it still would be a major international firm in terms of scope, size and practice areas, it would be somewhat smaller in terms of the number of professionals.”

Earlier coverage: “4-Lawyer M&A Team Exits Dewey for DLA Piper; Leader Will Co-Chair US Finance Practice There” “American Lawyer Lowers Dewey Financial Numbers by More than $150M”

Updated April 4 to correct the number of new departing partners.

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