Brobeck Hale and Dorr chief in shock departure

Brobeck Hale and Dorr’s managing partner Tom Kellerman has suddenly stepped down in mysterious circumstances.
Just last week, Kellerman told The Lawyer: “You've got to have a long-term vision. It's going to take 10 years. It can't happen overnight.”
Kellerman visited Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, the collapsed West Coast firm, at the end of last week to discuss his future. It is also understood that he met with Hale and Dorr representatives early this week.
His departure comes as Boston-based Hale and Dorr discloses the terms on which it will integrate its European offices.
The shock move follows Brobeck’s announcement on 30 January that it is to dissolve.
Kellerman, who served as managing partner at the joint venture firm for almost four years, has been replaced by Joe Pillman as head of the European arm.
In a statement Kellerman said: “It has always been my intention to eventually return to practice in California and we have all agreed that, in view of the change in ownership of the joint venture, this is an ideal time for me to move towards doing so.”
The offices in London, Oxford and Munich will operate will operate under Hale and Dorr by 1 March.