DLA Piper raids Alston for former chair and team

DLA Piper has rocked Alston & Bird by taking a four-partner team, which includes former chairman Frank Rusty Conner.

Alston & Bird’s Washington office was rocked yesterday (Tuesday 2 October) by the exit of four partners to DLA Piper, including DC co-managing partner and chair of the firm’s executive committee, Frank Rusty Conner.

The departing group also includes the former head of Alston’s legislative and public policy group, Tom Boyd. Boyd joins DLA Piper as co-head of the firm’s government affairs practice in Washington with Governor Jim Blanchard.

The exit of the four partners will be a significant blow to Alston’s corporate ambitions. Conner, at the firm for almost 30 years, was also co-head of its corporate group while the two other, as yet unnamed partners, are understood to be from the corporate group.

All four are expected to start work at DLA Piper by next Monday (8 October), where they will join another former Alston partner, William Cook. Cook joined DLA Piper in September.

An Alston & Bird spokesperson was unavailable for comment.