Dewey revels in post-Orrick hiring spree

New York-headquartered Dewey Ballantine has continued its hiring spree by taking on a new head of IP litigation and two partners from Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi.

Dewey has now hired 24 new partners since March. The firm has been hiring both in the US and in Europe since merger talks with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe broke down in January. The new hires mitigate the 10 partners who resigned ahead of the proposed merger.

The three new partners will join Dewey’s 60-lawyer Washington DC office. Dirk Thomas will now head the firm’s global IP litigation practice, while his Robins Kaplan colleagues Robert Auchter and Kenneth Freeling will join Dewey as partners.

Dewey DC managing partner Alan Wolff said: “Their arrivals come at a time when many of our clients are increasingly looking for ways to protect, preserve and promote their intellectual property assets in a complex and competitive marketplace.”