Summer shake-up

While the summer break meant holidays for many on this side of the Atlantic, things just kept getting busier in the US lateral hire market.

First Winston & Strawn ramped up its energy practice with the hire of three star partners from White & Case following the official closure of the latter’s San Francisco office in June.

As reported by The Lawyer (17 July), the former head of White & Case’s energy practice Jerry Bloom and partners Lisa Cottle and Joseph Karp moved across to establish a West Coast energy practice at Winston.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius was next off the blocks, taking the chief legal officer of SunGard Data Systems Lawrence Gross after the software house was bought by a private equity consortium for $11.4bn (£5.99bn) in April.

As reported by The Lawyer (21 August), Gross joins Morgan Lewis as a partner in the firm’s business and finance group in Philadelphia.

Gross was SunGard’s general counsel from shortly after its public offering in 1986 until the beginning of 2005, when he became chief legal officer and chief administrative officer.

Allen & Overy (A&O) wrapped up its August activities with the hire of the former name partner of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman Patricia Hynes (www.the, 24 August) for its New York litigation team. Hynes joins A&O as senior counsel, focusing on white-collar crime and financial services regulation. She is one of the most prominent lawyers to leave Milberg since the firm’s May indictment by Los Angeles federal prosecutors for allegedly paying referral fees to named plaintiffs in shareholder lawsuits.