CC New York litigators take partnership at Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired a trio of litigators who have left the New York office of magic circle firm Clifford Chance.

Clifford Chance’s former global head of litigation Mark Kirsch, who resigned from Clifford Chance last week (29 May 2008), has joined Gibson Dunn along with partners Joel Cohen and Christopher Joralemon.

Gibson Dunn managing partner Ken Doran said: “Litigation is a growth area for the firm across all offices, but particularly in the New York office.”

Clifford Chance’s US litigation practice has been dramatically scaled back since last year. The firm made a total of 20 cuts to its associate ranks in the litigation team last October (14 October 2008) and last month it reduced the size of its US litigation practice to six partners in New York and seven in Washington DC (25 May 2009).

The practice has been blighted by partner defections for a number of months. Late last year The Lawyer revealed that litigators John Carroll, David Meister and Warren Feldman defected to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (2 December 2008).