Howrey targets litigation with San Francisco hire

Howrey Simon Arnold & White is forging ahead with its aggressive global expansion plans after scoring a coup by hiring an intellectual property (IP) litigation partner from highly-rated US niche firm Keker & Van Nest

Henry Bunsow has joined Howrey Simon's San Francisco office, which opened in June, as part of the firm's intention to triple its capacity to 25 lawyers by next February.
The hire is a significant move for Howrey Simon as San Francisco-based Keker has long held a reputation as the 'Slaughter and May' of US litigation firms.
Bunsow's arrival is just one lateral in a series of hires that Howrey Simon hopes to make in the coming months. The firm is in talks with two other litigation teams at San Francisco-based firms to add to the office's eight lawyers. It is negotiating with a further two litigation teams in Chicago and is also considering launching an office in the Netherlands after opening in Brussels last year.
Despite the economic downturn that has hit many firms on the US West Coast, Howrey Simon's managing partner and chief executive Robert Ruyak said that the litigation market is buoyant. “There is a lot of talent in the San Francisco area and there are firms with small litigation practices that have been overshadowed by large corporate departments which are now finding it hard to secure work.”
He said that the firm has protected itself against volatility in the market by following a “three-pronged” business model which spans commercial, antitrust and IP litigation.
As well as bolstering Europe and the US, Ruyak said that the firm is also concentrating on building its London practice to add to a group of six lawyers, led by partner Peter Fitzpatrick, who are joining Howrey Simon today (28 October).
Ruyak said that the firm is also talking to another group of lawyers who he hopes will join the firm's London office in the next few months.