DLA Piper hires Asia employment head from JP Morgan

DLA Piper has appointed former JP Morgan in-house counsel Julia Gorham as its new employment head in Asia.

Gorham joins DLA Piper as a partner in Hong Kong from JP Morgan, where she served as the executive director for litigation and employment in Asia Pacific from 2010.

Prior to her in-house practice at JP Morgan, she was a senior associate at Allen & Overy in London and later moved to the firm’s Hong Kong office.

She focuses on employment law and international investigations, as well as contentious regulatory proceedings and civil litigation.

“We are seeing an increase in the need for work on investigations and regulatory compliance and Julia’s appointment will bolster our experience in that area,” said DLA Piper partner Pattie Walsh, who overseas the employment practice in Asia Pacific.

Since DLA Piper’s Asia management overhaul at the end of last year (17 February 2014), the firm’s Asia offices have seen a notable number of partner departures and appointments.

Last week, the firm relocated Silicon Valley-based corporate partner Paul Chan to be the new Asia corporate head (16 May 2014), following the predecessor Marbel Lui’s move to Winston & Strawn (2 May 2014).

In Singapore, it lost corporate head Sheela Moorthy to Norton Rose Fulbright (14 April 2014) and in South Korea, the firm lost its office head Michael Kim to Stephenson Harwood (7 February 2014). However, the firm took on former O’Melveny & Myers’ Hong Kong restructuring partner Mark Fairbairn in January (24 January 2014).