By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
While the country’s firms scramble over Dewey & LeBoeuf lateral groups, some area firms have been focused elsewhere to find some high-profile additions.
Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young and Blank Rome have expanded their Washington, D.C., offices in the last few weeks and Blank Rome has looked even further south to grow its Boca Raton and new Tampa, Fla. offices.
Stradley Ronon said Monday that it added the former co-chairman of SNR Denton’s securities and public companies group. Thomas L. Hanley joined the firm along with corporate attorney Erin Troy Clinton. Hanley and Chilton focus their practice on representing public and private companies on capital-raising transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, SEC compliance and corporate litigation. Their addition continues a concerted effort by Stradley Ronon to grow its Washington office with laterals from a number of Am Law 100 firms.
“We continue to look for experienced practitioners who have established reputations for providing sophisticated legal services and who may be handicapped by big-firm billing rates, lawyer turnover and a focus on global expansion that is unrelated to client needs,” Stradley Ronon Chairman William R. Sasso said in a statement. “We’re confident that our strong culture, lower cost structure, streamlined staffing model and more palatable billing rates will continue to attract attorneys of Tom and Erin’s caliber whose clients are also seeking a firm with these very attributes.”
Blank Rome added four attorneys in Washington April 30 from a white-collar litigation boutique, including two of the name partners. Henry F. Schuelke III and Lawrence H. Wechsler joined as partners from Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler Law Firm, which they helped create more than 30 years ago. William B. Shields joined as counsel and Ariel S. Glasner as an associate.
The team brought to Blank Rome experience in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, FCPA, antitrust, corporate internal investigations and compliance, fraud and abuse, health care fraud, and environmental matters.
Blank Rome grew its Boca Raton office May 8 with the addition of partner Michael A. Rodriguez to the firm’s consumer finance litigation group. He joined from Florida law firm Greenspoon Marder.
Separately, Blank Rome hired three associates in that practice area. Two now work in the Boca Raton office and one in the new Tampa location, which opened May 1.
The consumer finance litigation team has grown significantly at Blank Rome since it hired a seven-lawyer team from Dilworth Paxson led by Wayne Streibich in February 2011.