Dewey exits continue as New York partner heads to Mayer Brown

Dewey & LeBoeuf is understood to have lost another partner to Mayer Brown with the departure of corporate finance partner Richard Spitzer.

Spitzer has become the third partner to leave Dewey for Mayer Brown within the space of a week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Mayer Brown announced last week that Dewey structured finance partner Stephen Rooney was joining the firm as a partner and co-leader of the insurance finance group in New York. In the same week the co-chair of Dewey’s global insurance industry sector practice James Woods joined as a partner and coleader of Mayer Brown’s global insurance industry group.

The latest moves follow a slew of departures from Dewey’s New York office in recent weeks, including corporate partners John Altorelli and Alexander Fraser, who took counsel Patrick Costello and Gerald Francese with them to DLA Piper (4 April 2012).

The departures have not been confined to the US. Corporate partner Prakash Paran recently defected from the firm’s London office to DLA Piper alongside associates Roger Loo and Melanie James (10 April 2012).

The co-head of Dewey’s environmental litigation practice Nicholas Rock also jumped ship, heading to the London office of US rival Reed Smith (10 April 2012).

A spokesperson from Mayer Brown declined to comment on Spitzer’s appointment. 

Dewey & LeBoeuf was unavailable for comment.