Crowell acquires NYC litigation boutique

Washington DC-based Crowell & Moring has acquired 20-lawyer litigation firm King Pagano Harrison (KPH) in a bid to continue its push into the New York market.

Crowell & Moring also took on three partners from IP boutique Morgan & Finnegan in an aggressive expansion that saw Crowell’s New York presence jump to 15 lawyers.

Of the 20 lawyers joining from KPH, ten will go to Crowell’s DC office and ten will join New York.

The firm launched its New York offering in September 2006 (see, 13 September), by luring William McSherry, partner-in-charge of Arent Fox’s New York office, to spearhead Crowell’s Manhattan effort.

The KPH catch included all three name partners, Jeffrey King, Jeffrey Pagano and Keith Harrison as well as six other partners and 11 lawyers. KPH is known for its litigation in health care, with clients including MedStar Health.

Meanwhile, the three Morgan & Freeman partners are a good tie-up for Crowell. DuPont, a longstanding client of Crowell, is also a client of the three Morgan departees, Bruce DeRenzi, Dickerson Downing and Andrew Riddles. All three are patent specialists and will all join the New York office.

Crowell’s chairman Kent Gardiner said: “We have known and respected the health care and labour and employment litigation capabilities of King Pagano Harrison for many years. Their significant courtroom experience complements our practice and provides new depth and resources for high-stake ligiation matters.”