2 founding partners leave boutique firm, and one explains why: He needs a break from law practice

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Why did two founding partners leave the high-profile litigation boutique Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz?

Name partner Sean Eskovitz didn’t disclose his reasons for leaving, a move that caused the firm to shorten its name to Wilkinson Walsh. But the second partner, Brant Bishop, told that he needed a break from the stress of law practice.

“I didn’t leave to go anywhere else except to go home,” Bishop said.

Bishop, 50, was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis for more than 18 years before he joined Wilkinson Walsh. He said he has been practicing law for “25 years without any breaks to speak of.”

Bishop told that there wasn’t a particular client, case or management responsibility that prompted his decision to leave. Instead, he said, he had grown tired of work encroaching on personal time with his family.

Now he is planning family trips to Europe and Africa, but he has no career plans at this moment.

“For now the plan is to not really have much of a plan other than to spend time with family and keep my eyes open,” he told

Wilkinson Walsh released statements to and Law360 about the departures.

Eskovitz and Bishop “each reached their decisions independently and for their own reasons, and we wish them the very best as they take time to explore what they want to do next,” the statement said. “We appreciate all of Sean and Brant’s important contributions to starting and moving our firm forward. Thanks to them and many others, we are in a strong position to remain an industry leading trial boutique developing the next generation of trial lawyers.”

Wilkinson Walsh was formed at the beginning of 2016. The firm currently has 11 partners, three counsel and 22 associates. Its two remaining name partners are Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh.

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