Gibson Dunn swoops on Goldman for latest hire

US firms have continued their 2006 trend of looking beyond private practice to make lateral hires, with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher taking on an associate general counsel of Goldman Sachs.

At the same time, Boston-headquartered Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo has hired the former chief of the criminal division of the US Attorney’s Office.

Susan Grafton will join Gibson Dunn’s Washington DC office as counsel from Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Grafton was a market regulation official in the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At Goldman, she will work on business, regulatory and compliance issues.

The move reunites Grafton with Barry Goldsmith, who joined Gibson Dunn last year from the SEC where he was chief litigator in the enforcement division. There are also at least six other former SEC officials now at Gibson Dunn.

Co-head of Gibson Dunn’s Washington DC office, Stephanie Tsacoumis, said: “The attraction of former officials is really threefold. Firstly, there is the enhanced expertise. Second, there is quite a bit relating to the practice that is not in writing – the SEC has informal policies that former officials will be aware of. And thirdly, of course, is the benefit of personal relationships with the Commission.”

Mintz Levin has, meanwhile, bolstered its white-collar crime team in New York by hiring Bridget Rohde from the US Attorney’s Office, making her the third former federal prosecutor hired by the firm in the past 12 months.

Rohde will be a partner in the firm’s white-collar crime and corporate investigative team. Notably while at the US Attorney’s Office she brought down a mafia captain for racketeering.