Dewey suffers more departures as Houston chief quits

Houston managing partner Sean Gorman is the latest lawyer to walk out of New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, taking three of the firm’s litigation associates with him.

Sean Gorman
Sean Gorman

Gorman, who handles high-risk business disputes, has joined local litigation boutique Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing (AZA) as a partner.

On the firm’s website, Gorman is described as an acclaimed litigator who joined AZA because he wanted to be on a team of ’premier trial-ready lawyers’.

Gorman said: “Obviously when a managing partner leaves people will wonder, but I’ve been very open about my reasons – I just made a decision to leave big law.

“AZA is the new generation of the litigation boutique – it embraces going to court and has a trial, rather than paper, culture. The big firm litigation model can be very rigid. This has nothing to do with the firm’s financial standing.”

Dewey has lost around 36 partners since January, including last week’s loss of six partners to US firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan (26 March 2012) following the departure of 12 insurance partners for Willkie Farr & Gallagher the week before (19 March 2012).

In a bid to fight negative headlines concerning the moves, the firm has hired renowned crisis communications expert Michael Sitrick (23 March 2012).

Neither AZA or Dewey was available for comment.