Trickle-down at Dewey

It’s a year later this month since Dewey & LeBoeuf went bust, and much has been resolved.

The partner contribution plan has been agreed, litigation has come and gone, and senior lawyers seem to be happy in their new jobs.

Or are they? The vast majority have stayed put despite headhunters trying hard to shift them – a sensible ploy given the duress under which many of them moved. But a few have trickled away.

Italy was far from stable, with top Milan lawyer Bruno Gattai peeling away from Grimaldi Studio Legale, which was established after Dewey crashed. Others too have quit Grimaldi, the name of which was revived following the end of Grimaldi e Associati in early 2012.

The latest of what is a mere few moves is Joseph Pari, tax partner at Linklaters in Washington DC, who has joined KPMG as a principal. Linklaters landed Pari and fellow Dewey tax partner Gordon Warnke just before the US firm’s collapse.

But the hordes of partners who joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Greenberg Traurig, McDermott and the rest seem to be resting where they are (see our infographic on who went where in Europe and the Middle East here). Those recruiters had better try harder.

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