Sidley and Baker & McKenzie snap up more Brobeck partners

The bun fight over former Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners is grinding to a halt as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood and Baker & McKenzie announce new additions to their West Coast practices.
Sidley has taken on Debra Pole, a prominent product liability partner who is known for her work on silicon breast implant litigation for Baxter Healthcare. She will be joined at Sidleys by former Brobeck product liability partner Gregg Farley as well as a number of associates.
Pole, who joins Sidley as a partner, is still fighting against litigation brought by Dickson Carlson & Campillo, the now defunct firm she left in 1995 to join Brobeck. William Fitzgerald, who also left for Brobeck in 1995, is included in the lawsuit. It claims that the two breached their fiduciary duty by sharing information about Baxter Healthcare with their new firm. Brobeck was also the subject of a lawsuit from the firm.
Keker & Van Nest, the law firm representing Pole, Fitzgerald and Brobeck, has now pulled out of acting for the three parties because of a conflict related to the recent dissolution of the West Coast firm. The parties must now seek alternative counsel before the trial, set for 8 April.
At Baker & McKenzie, information technology and communication partner Gary Shapiro and associate Stuart Pixley are moving to the firm’s San Francisco base as is banking and finance partner Michael Penner.
This is the second haul of Brobeck lawyers to move to Baker & McKenzie’s San Francisco office. In February corporate and securities partners Shane Byrne, Philip Bush and Jason Kuhns joined the office with four associates.