The Latest (Thursday): Hellerites Join Davis Wright, Wilson, Sheppard.
Fifteen Heller partners found a home at Jones Day this week. This morning, the sprawling firm (with its roots in
D.C. Cleveland) announced that Peter Benvenutti, the bankruptcy stalwart who is currently making $450 an hour to lead Heller’s dissolution committee, will join the firm with a mess of other partners and their undefined entourages in San Francisco, NYC and Washington, D.C.
Names and such after the jump.
Here’s the breakdown in San Francisco:
- Benvenutti and Robert Trodella, business restructuring and reorganization.
- Bob Gibney and David Paulson, bankruptcy/finance partners with heavy real estate experience.
- Nora Gibson, chairwoman of Heller’s Capital Markets Group, and fellow capital markets partner Lora Blum
- Brett Dick and Teresa Maloney. Tax attorneys: Dick does overseas stuff, and Maloney’s all about the federal taxes and real estate.
- Barbara Gregoratos, real estate.
- Tim Hoxie, co-chairman of Heller’s Mergers & Acquisitions team.
- Raymond Sheen, who represents policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes.
In New York, it goes like this:
- Paul Downs, M&A, who once held the Heller title of “Firmwide Managing Director International.”
- Steven Koppel and Aviva Yakren, real estate.
In our nation’s capital:
- Bernard Bell represents corporate policyholders and such in complex insurance coverage matters.
The release makes reference to “the associates and staff who join them.” Legal Pad's Niraj Choksi says Jones Day told him talks are ongoing, but about 15 associates are expected to be brought along. No word on staff, but it's not adding up to be all that big an entourage, is it?
This group joins five other Heller attorneys who brought their JDs to JD earlier in 2008. The firm’s release notes that Jones Day has added 38 lateral partners to its five California offices since the beginning of 2007, also moving five Jones Day partners into California from less sunny offices. The firm now counts 121 partners, and 320 lawyers, in Schwarzeneggerland*. Of course, the firm has 2,300 attorneys worldwide, which just means you can go to any capital of commerce on the planet, swing a dead cat, and if you hit someone in a suit who’s not a Jones Day lawyer, you can ask them how things are going at DLA.
New Heller Post: Hard Times for Heller's Associates
— Brian McDonough
*Official name change pending voter approval of constitutional amendment initiative.