Last night produced a long-awaited outcome for most of Thelen’s high-profile construction practice: Howrey has announced to its partnership that it's sealed a deal to take on about 40 construction litigators, the lion’s share in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., with smaller groups in Los Angeles and New York. The group includes Thelen Chairman Steve O’Neal, plus partner John Heisse, who chairs the construction and government contracts group, and D.C. office managing partner Andrew Ness, according to the information sent to Howrey's partnership.
San Francisco partner David Buoncristiani, who counts Bechtel among his clients, also is expected to make the move.
Mini update: The firm now has a press release up on its Web site.
Other updates will be forthcoming on Cal Law by tonight.
— Petra Pasternak