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Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its New York litigation department, hiring former name partner of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman Patricia Hynes.
Hynes joins A&O as senior counsel, focusing on the magic circle firm’s white collar crime and financial services regulation practice.
She is one of the most prominent lawyers to leave Milberg Weiss since its May indictment by Los Angeles federal prosecutors for allegedly paying referral fees to named plaintiffs in shareholder lawsuits.
Hynes became a name partner in 1993 when the firm adopted the name Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach. But she chose to become an of counsel in 2000 to enable her to focus more on pro bono and public affairs.
The US firm later changed its name when it split into New York-based Milberg Weiss and San Diego-based Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins in 2004.
A&O New York litigation partner Pamela Rogers Chepiga explained that herself, Hynes and Allen & Overy US co-managing partner Michael Feldberg worked together at the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York before moving into private practice.
Chepiga said: “It’s more a reunion than an expansion. It is hard to find anybody more beloved by the judges.”
The hire bolsters A&O’s New York litigation team to 25 lawyers. Milberg Weiss has seen the departure of a number of partners since the indictment of the firm and name partners David Bershad and Steven Schulman in May. All have pleaded not guilty.