Vinson raids Willkie for entire DC trade team

Vinson & Elkins has raided Wilkie Farr & Gallagher for a 14-lawyer international trade law team, including five partners, for its Washington DC office.

The hire follows the Texas-based energy giant’s expansion in Asia, where it launched a Hong Kong office in September, and Shanghai in late 2005.

The hire marks the wholesale move of the international trade practice from Wilkie Farr to Vinson. Wilkie Farr no longer has the capability, while Vinson adds it.

Vinson managing partner Joe Dilg said: “This group of lawyers is consistently ranked as being among the best international trade attorneys in the country.”

The 14-lawyer team, plus five analysts, have joined Vinson’s Washington DC office. The partners joining Vinson are practice head Bill Barringer, Chris Dunn, James Durling, Ken Pierce and Daniel Porter.

The international trade practice group focuses on defending foreign corporations in antidumping, countervailing duty and other trade remedy investigations, as well as advising governments and businesses on international trade negotiations and trade policy disputes.

Barringer, who headed the team at Wilkie Farr, said: “Our move reflects the increased participation of emerging economies in global trade, including Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.”