Heller scoops ex-PwC GC to head securities litigation

West coast firm Heller Ehrman has pulled off the hire of former PricewaterhouseCoopers global general counsel, Lawrence Keeshan, tempting him out of reitrement.

Keeshan joins as head of the firm’s securities litigation and regulatory practice. He retired from PwC in November last year having spent 11 years at the accountancy giant.

Keeshan was a partner with Heller Ehrman in the 1980s. He first joined the firm in 1975 after beginning his legal career in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Keeshan will split his time between the firm’s San Francisco and New York offices, as well as taking an active interest in Heller Ehrman’s international strategy.

Last week the firm announced the launch of its three-partner London office, its first in Europe.

Heller Ehrman chairman Matthew Larrabee said: “We are incredibly pleased to have Larry join us at a time when we are pursuing a strategy of growth in Asia and Europe.”

Keeshan joins a booming securities litigation practice, which has advised on recent cases involving AOL Time Warner, Cisco Systems and Yahoo!

PwC has already replaced Keeshan with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw litigation partner Javier Rubinstein.