Pillsbury loses team of six to Mayer Brown

Pillsbury Winthrop has lost a second group of lawyers in just over a week, this time in Washington DC, as its life sciences team joins Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

Partners Mark Paulson and Paul Sharer are joining the Anglo-US firm with a team of four attorneys. Both have significant in-house experience: Paulson was a lawyer at Nabisco for five years before entering private practice and Sharer was previously a patent lawyer at ICI Americas.

“The two main attractions of Mayer Brown were the firm’s international presence in Europe and Asia, and their strengths in the areas of corporate law and litigation,” said Sharer in a statement.

Mayer Brown will also take two counsel and two associates.

The defection comes shortly after three West Coast-based partners left Pillsbury Winthrop to set up Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s San Diego office.