Winston lures White & Case trio

Winston & Strawn has expanded its energy practice with the hire of three star partners from White & Case following the closure of the latter’s San Francisco office.

White & Case trio” />Winston & Strawn has expanded its energy practice with the hire of three star partners from White & Case following the closure of the latter’s San Francisco office.

Partners Jerry Bloom, Lisa Cottle and Joseph Karp, who specialise in regulatory and project finance matters for the energy sector, have moved across to establish a West Coast energy practice at Winston.

Bloom, whose experience includes co-chairing the creditor’s committee in Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, previously led White & Case’s energy practice.

White & Case’s San Francisco office was officially closed last month, but the firm first flagged up the closure in February to focus on its Palo Alto arm, leaving 23 lawyers to find jobs elsewhere.

Only four lawyers from the defunct San Francisco office remained at White & Case, transferring to the New York, Palo Alto and Washington DC offices.

Although Bloom was based out of the Los Angeles (LA) office, White & Case’s San Francisco presence was established in 2002 largely to service his team’s work before the California Public Utilities Commission.

Bloom will be based in Winston’s LA office, while Karp, Cottle and two associates will be based in San Francisco.

This latest round of hires for the energy practice follows the recruitment of partners Gregory Pavin from Thelen Reid & Priest in New York and Alexander Zakupowsky and James Atkinson from Miller & Chevalier in DC in March.