CC focuses on white-collar crime with NY litigation hires

Clifford Chance has moved to plug the gap left by the departures of several high-profile US litigators with a trio of partner hires.

Nixon Peabody’s head of government investigations and white-collar crime, Edward O’Callaghan, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Christopher Morvillo and US Attorney’s Office lawyer David Raskin all join Clifford Chance as partners in New York next month.

The trio previously worked together as federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

The hires follow the departure of Clifford Chance’s US litigation head Juan Morillo to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in May (9 May 2011).

Morillo was the latest in a stream of losses for the magic circle’s US dispute resolution group. The firm also made 20 associates in the team redundant in 2008 (14 October 2008).

In a statement, Clifford Chance’s US litigation head David DiBari said the hires added “considerable depth and strength” to the practice.

Regional managing partner Craig Medwick added that the arrivals represented the firm’s efforts to expand its Washington DC investigative and regulatory group to New York.

All three new partners focus on white-collar crime and fraud work. Morvillo has been in private practice since 2005, representing clients in federal and state cases and investigations.

O’Callaghan joined Nixon Peabody in 2008 from the US Attorney’s Office, where he was co-head of the Terrorism & National Security Unit headed by Raskin.