Squire Sanders bolsters New York litigation presence

US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has continued its recent hiring spree by taking on a team of litigators for its New York office.

Ohio-headquartered Squire Sanders has raided New York firm Pavia & Harcourt for its head of litigation and arbitration and two other litigation partners.

Pavia litigation head Richard Mattiaccio joins Squire Sanders as a partner with his colleagues Steven Skulnik and Victor Genecin, leaving Pavia with just 17 lawyers in total.

The trio gives a much-needed boost to Squire Sanders’ New York litigation team, which currently comprises two partners, who also work out of Ohio. In May, Squire Sanders hired Los Angeles boutique Zelle Hofmann’s managing partner Douglas Rovens to beef up its litigation practice on the West Coast. Rovens brought with him Zelle litigation partner Steven Lamb.

The news follows Squire Sanders’ raid on Baker & McKenzie last week, as revealed by The Lawyer (18 June). Bakers’ former Warsaw managing partner Tom Ujejski will join Ohio-headquartered Squire Sanders’ London and Warsaw offices along with three partners and eight associates.