Freshfields hires ex-Sullivan partner for US litigation practice

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired former Sullivan & Cromwell litigation partner Michael Lacovara for its US litigation practice.

Lacovara, who co-launched Sullivan’s Palo Alto office in 2000, joins the magic circle firm today (24 September), returning to private practice after eight years in the financial services industry.

He left Sullivan in 2004 to become general counsel and co-COO of investment bank Sandler O’Neill & Partners and was later CEO of Rodman & Renshaw Capital and president of Cortview Capital Holdings, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus.

His practice focuses on financial services and technology, with the litigator’s role for Microsoft on its landmark antitrust case against the US government, United States v Microsoft, constituting one of his highest-profile cases.

Freshfields said the hire brought its US litigation partner count to 13, with the move following a string of disputes hires by magic circle firms in the US, including Clifford Chance’s recent recruitment of arbitration partner Ignacio Suárez Anzorena from Chadbourne & Parke in Washington DC (28 August 2012).

Freshfields US managing partner Julian Pritchard said in a statement: “Michael’s a highly respected trial lawyer and litigator, with a stellar reputation for steering clients through complex and highly publicised cases. His experience representing major clients in antitrust, tax and commercial litigation is a strong complement to the talent and capabilities of our thriving US practice, and will provide our clients with yet another asset to help them navigate the current challenges in their respective markets.”

Global litigation head Christopher Pugh added: “Our US litigation capabilities have drawn the attention of the market over the last three years, with the team representing clients on high-profile disputes in industries ranging from the financial, telecoms, pharmaceutical and publishing sectors. Michael rightly joins a team of the highest quality which is much in demand.”