Bingham bolsters West Coast arm with dual hire

Bingham McCutchen LLP has bolstered its West Coast practice with the hire of the last two remaining partners from the now defunct Los Angeles office of New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

Veteran Fried Frank partners David Robbins and Stephen Alexander, who had been with the firm for 23 and 30 years respectively, have joined Bingham’s Los Angeles office as partners, pushing the size of the office to 110 lawyers.

Their move follows the closure of Fried Frank’s Los Angeles office last month in line with the firm’s strategy to focus on its East Coast and European practices. Many of the office’s partners had been expected to move to Fried Frank’s New York office.

Both corporate partner Robbins and litigation partner Alexander are perhaps best known for their representation of former Walt Disney Company directors Roy Disney and Stanley Gold.

Robbins advised the pair on their successful withhold proxy campaign that resulted in then chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner, being stripped of his chairmanship and forced into early retirement as CEO.

Meanwhile Alexander is scheduled to go to trial next month in a separate duty of disclosure case brought by Disney and Gold challenging public disclosures made by The Walt Disney board in connection with selection of the company’s new CEO.