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Two More Partners Leave Nixon Peabody for DLA Piper

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Two more partners have defected from Nixon Peabody for DLA Piper, bringing to 11 the number of partners who have gone that route in recent months.

The latest two defectors are Paul Hall and Todd Toral, who have joined DLA Piper’s litigation practice in San Francisco, the National Law Journal reported.

Hall was co-chair of Nixon Peabody’s national class action team. His practice at DLA Piper will focus on representing financial institutions in class actions, wage and hour cases and retirement matters.

Toral, who was deputy practice group leader for Nixon Peabody’s commercial litigation team, will concentrate his practice on finance, tax, workout and insolvency matters.

At least some of the Nixon Peabody-to-DLA Piper moves were sparked by the departure of Peter White, a sports and entertainment partner and a major rainmaker who left in April, taking two other partners with him.

DLA Piper snagged three more partners from Nixon Peabody in June, including two practice chairmen and one practice co-chairman.

As many as 20 corporate lawyers from Nixon Peabody also jumped to the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in June.

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