Clydes snares former Thacher Proffitt partner

Clyde & Co has hired a former partner from dissolved firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood for its New York office.

Litigator and maritime insurance specialist John Woods started officially at Clydes yesterday, joining the firm as a partner.

One former Thacher Proffitt associate started at Clydes with Woods while two more are also likely to join.

“When it became clear that Thacher Proffitt was not going to survive I reached out to a few friends in the industry,” Wood said. “I was very happy that the response was so positive.”

Woods is a former chair of the litigation and dispute resolution practice at Thacher Proffitt. He was originally included as one of the 40 partners that joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal on 1 January but stepped out of the deal as the result of a conflict.

Last summer, The Lawyer reported that Clydes was targeting New York for growth, two years after it opened in the US with a raid on Condon & Forsyth for a four-partner team of aviation litigators (14 July).

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