Goodwin Procter also has its sights set on rising up the Am Law 100 rankings, but rather than utilising a management shake-up, the Boston-based firm has opted for good, old-fashioned rapid expansion. And it has raided Pillsbury to assist its plans.
In fact, Goodwin has taken six partners from Pillsbury and two partners from Palo Alto-based Cooley Godward to open offices in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Los Angeles office is to be chaired by Lewis Feldman, Pillsbury's former Los Angeles head of real estate and national public finance. He will be joined by three other Pillsbury partners.
Meanwhile, Cooley's former head of real estate Paul Churchill will lead Goodwin's San Francisco real estate practice, supported by former Cooley real estate attorney Mark Goldberg, who also joins as a partner. Goodwin is taking two more litigation partners from Pillsbury to staff the San Francisco office.
It is hoped that the expansion will further Goodwin's already promising financial results. The firm rose from 67th to 53rd in the Am Law 100 rankings, reporting a gross revenue of $415m (£237.14m) in 2005.