News Law firms Greenberg continues to add to London with double partner hire By Margaret Taylor 10 September 2009 14:47 17 December 2015 16:17 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 10 September 2009 at 17:21 Well, well, well this isn’t another Mayer Brown partner departing the firm is it? Things are going from bad to worse for them. Reply Link Anonymous 10 September 2009 at 17:35 You know your firm is in trouble when partners with seemingly unquestioned loyalty who have been at a firm for over 20 years resign. Mayer Brown is in need of intensive care dozens of top lawyers from various practice areas have already left them this year. Reply Link Anonymous 10 September 2009 at 17:48 The firms growth to date is nothing short of phenomenal; clearly they’re capable of attracting partners from top city firms. Reply Link Anonymous 11 September 2009 at 09:18 Head of Corporate – gone. Head of Competition- gone (plus all associates). Head of IP- gone. All top players and leading individuals. Mayer Brown is on the rocks. Reply Link Anonymous 11 September 2009 at 09:45 I’m very disappointed to see Stephen Gare leave the firm as are many of my collegues. Reply Link Anonymous 11 September 2009 at 10:56 The statment on the Mayer Brown website claims that Stephen Gare ‘retired’. He was poached. Plain and simple. It is a telling sign that nobody seems to be standing up for Mayer Brown these days. Nobody I talk to there has a good thing to say about it. As for Greenberg, well it is a lot of PR hype. After all a look at those who have joined Maher’s new firm will show that he has hired people that were made redundant at Mayer Brown earlier this year. A redundancy he oversaw. Ironic somewhat. Reply Link Anonymous 11 September 2009 at 17:48 There is a reason for this fact; they ousted their biggest partner. Reply Link sidewinder 14 September 2009 at 20:25 Hello Anonymous 10-Sep-2009 5:48 pm, or can I call you gobshite? When you are building a football team and you have recruited 6 players or whatever it is, you don’t say “oooo, itsn’t their growth phenomenal.” I can imagine you now gazing out of the window with your mouth open. It’s time for bed, so get tucked up. Reply Link Anonymous 15 September 2009 at 16:38 Isn’t GTM just a replay of what happened with McDermott Will & Emery (among others): hire a bunch of partners who have ‘names’ in the market (for whatever reason; not necessarily linked to their fee-earning capability), throw them together and see if it sort of ends up in a general service law firm? That experiment fell apart in bloody chunks and has forced MWE to rebuild from a small, core group of remaining lawyers, the firm presumably hoping there are rather fewer ‘big personalities’ in the mix than it had the first time around. This kind of exercise is like a lawyer version of Big Brother, just a matter of time before all these newly-arrived personalities, most of whom have never worked together before, start to experience a degree of friction with their new colleagues; established law firms have decades or centuries of establishment to bed in new hires and settle their culture, but the record of these ‘shake & bake’ law firms in London is poor to say the least. Reply Link Anonymous 15 September 2009 at 16:52 Anonymous 10-Sep-2009 wouldn’t be a recruitment consultant by any chance would he?…gosh, aren’t they phenomenal…. Reply Link Anonymous 15 September 2009 at 19:11 At last some insecure megalomaniac Mayer Brown lawyers are ready to fight back. I say insecure because all they’re doing, as demonstrated in the sidewinder and 4:48 anonymous blogs, is subconsciously expressing unhappiness and consequently blame upon someone else as a result of the problems they’re experiencing at Mayer Brown. In other words they’re trying to divert attention away from themselves onto someone else: Paul Maher. Paul’s firm, which has already employed in excess of 25 people in two months, has no friction between its partners at all. Please ask anyone at the firm. This blogger who is in a state of denial ladies and Gentlemen is talking nonsense. The reason so many high- profile partners have left Mayer Brown this year is because the firm is run by ego-centric, capricious partners wherever you look. 1. Paul Maher, 2. Cate Sharp, 3. Fiona Adams, 4. Francis Murphy, 5. Stephen Gare Associate 1 Associate 2 Associate 3 Associate 4 Associate 5 These people all left the firm from May to September as a result of the reasons stated above. Reply Link Anonymous 15 September 2009 at 19:21 Hello Sidewinder, I can imagine you now gazing out of the window in your Liverpool Street office with your mouth open looking up at the 31st floor of the iconic Gherkin building thinking maybe one day…but maybe not. Reply Link Anonymous 15 September 2009 at 22:20 Sonnenschein’s – exactly the same model The Lawyer’s commentary pretty much said it all – see http://www.thelawyer.com/us-gave-sonnenscheins-vote-of-confidence/90290.article http://www.thelawyer.com/was-sonnenscheins039-a-flawed-strategy?/90247.article http://www.thelawyer.com/was-sonnenscheins039-a-flawed-strategy?/90247.article But Sonnenschein’s didn’t have to deal with the controversies that GT have dogging them, was shocked to read their Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenberg_Traurig Reply Link Anonymous 16 September 2009 at 07:17 No it isn’t a replay of what happened with MWE. Maher has been given a mandate to build a firm from scratch and in typical Maher style has seized the opportunity. Anyone who has ever worked with Paul, particularly those who saw him drag Rowe & Maw from mid table mediocrity to the verge of global greatness will know that this venture will succeed. To describe the growth as “phenomenal” is probably premature, but Paul will unquestionably create a lasting legacy here. I can’t help feeling that there is more than a tinge of envy in a number of these posts, perhaps from certain disaffected MB folk who are beginning to realise that they backed the wrong horse. Reply Link Anonymous 16 September 2009 at 14:10 It’s pathetic how people are trying to find ridiculous ways of damning Greenberg Traurig Maher. Any rational thinking individual cannot question them so far. Sidewinder is representative of the arrogant, egocentric and patronising individuals that are in abundance at Mayer Brown. You can see their true colours slowly rising to the surface on the forum. Their super ego façades are already disintegrating. Now they’re a firm in turmoil, just like the little football team Newcastle. Ok Sidewinder did you understand that? Reply Link Sidewinder 20 September 2009 at 18:47 hahaha. Seems that Sidewinder has wound you up. I’m so sorry my sensitive little darlings. Fact is I left private practice years ago and now instruct proper firms like Links and Slaughters. Now shut it and behave yourselves and I may give you a debt collection. Reply Link Anonymous 22 September 2009 at 19:14 Have any of the posters on here ever considered getting a life? Reply Link Anonymous 22 September 2009 at 19:35 I feel sorry for you folks out there who are unhappy with your lives. You resort to subconsciously channelling frustrations in the direction of others just like my little friend sidewinder here who has been a non-entity in the legal industry. Magic Circle firms, keep dreaming son. Sorry I hate to ruin your fun pal but people need to know what they’re dealing with. You’ll be stuck at MB for the rest of your days. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.