DLA Piper swoops for Sacramento litigation boutique

DLA Piper has almost doubled the size of its Sacramento office after absorbing litigation boutique Stevens O’Connnell & Jacobs.

From 1 May, the entire 10-lawyer team from Stevens O’Connnell will move into DLA Piper’s Sacramento office, increasing the number of lawyers there from 14 to 24.

Founding partners Charles Stevens and George O’Connell, name partner Matthew Jacobs, and partner Bradley Benbrook all join DLA Piper as partners.

The move is a return to DLA Piper for Jacobs, who managed the firm’s Sacramento litigation practice before joining Stevens O’Connnell in 2008.

Stevens and O’Connell founded their boutique firm in 1997. Both have served as US attorney for the district of California. Stevens was appointed by US president Bill Clinton; O’Connell, by George H.W. Bush.

In a statement David Gross, regional chair of DLA Piper’s US litigation practice group, said: “This is a highly talented and experienced group of litigators that has developed a premier white collar and special matters litigation practice. DLA Piper’s platform, combined with our strong national and international litigation practice, provides a unique opportunity for the group to expand its practice nationally and abroad.”

A spokesperson for DLA could not comment as to whether Stevens O’Connell’s support staff would also join the firm.