Bird & Bird litigation chief joins Morgan Lewis

Bird & Bird is losing highly-rated head of litigation Trevor Asserson to the London office of top 10 US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Asserson is the second practice head Bird & Bird has lost in the past 12 months. Asserson is best known for successfully representing boxing promoter Don King in his £7.2m rights claim against fellow promoter Frank Warren in 1999. His departure follows that of e-commerce head Graham Defries, who left in 2001 for Weil Gotshal & Manges.