Dewey suffers another eight partner losses as NY team quits for Hunton

Dewey & LeBoeuf has been hit by another eight partner losses, with a New York energy and infrastructure team set to join Hunton & Williams.

Dewey utilities, power and pipelines head Bud Ellis has quit to join the US rival alongside fellow partners Michael Fitzpatrick, Steven Friend, Steve Loeshelle and Peter O’Brien. Counsel Kevin Felz is also joining Hunton & Williams as a partner.

New York energy and capital markets partners Catherine Hood and Anthony Terrell have also quit Dewey to join Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, while litigation partner William Primps joins Dorsey & Whitney in New York.

Roughly 65 partners have now left the embattled US firm in 2012, with 11 lawyers below equity partner level quitting for Dechert in Dubai (17 April 2012). This follows news yesterday that four partners were leaving Dewey in London and Dubai for Dechert (16 April 2012).

Hunton & Williams confirmed the hires today, saying the sextet act for companies and banks in the power and utilities sectors, focusing on capital markets.

Hunton & Williams energy and infrastructure co-head Jeff Schroeder said in a statement: “This team of lawyers is well known to us. They are leading lawyers in the power and utility capital markets, and their strong issuer and underwriter experience in these industries adds further depth to our established global practice.