New Orrick partner takes Vodafone along as client

McKenna & Cuneo partner joins Orrick after Vodafone requests wider geographical capability

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has gained telecoms giant Vodafone as a client with the recruitment of litigation partner Gregory Evans from McKenna & Cuneo.
Evans left McKenna & Cuneo for Orrick's San Francisco office after being prompted by his number one client. He said: “My major client is Vodafone and they were seeking a firm with more resources and a larger geographical presence. Acting for Vodafone is a great opportunity and it wasn't something that I was going to let slip by.”
Evans said that he received a number of offers, but Orrick best matched his and Vodafone's requirements. “I had to make sure the firm was a good fit with Vodafone, with offices in Asia and Europe. Orrick was an ideal fit,” he said.
Daniel Thomasch, head of Orrick's litigation group, said: “Greg is a wonderful addition. His superb litigation skills and demonstrated success in building and nurturing client relationships immediately strengthen our practice.”
With one foot in the Vodafone door, Orrick now has to take on a member of the New York elite cadre of law firms if it wants to extend the relationship beyond litigation work. Sullivan & Cromwell is the company's US adviser of choice.
In addition to Evans, Orrick has boosted its litigation practice with another partner hire. Product liability and intellectual property (IP) partner Ray Mullady has joined the Washington DC office from Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe.
Mullady acts for pharmaceutical companies on IP matters and handles libel and first amendment queries for newspapers and magazines. He is currently working on a $1bn (£695m) patent case.
Mullady has been charged with the task of building the litigation team in Washington. “The idea is to get enough litigation capacity in Washington to connect up the offices across the country,” he said.
Mullady's arrival takes the total number of litigation partners in Washington to three. He has been followed to Orrick by three Piper Marbury associates.