Lateral Movement Prime Time Shifts to February

On 02.04.11, In Legal Industry, by Blake

03/11/2011

During the first month of 2011, lateral movement was not that vibrant compared to prior years. It was noted, however, that lateral activity has increased this month.

The month of February jumpstarted with news that Wayne Streibich, an executive committee member of Dilworth Paxson, will be leading a 7-lawyer team of consumer financial services attorneys to Blank Rome.

Paxon will head a new industry group in that firm. The group will consist of litigators, as well as regulatory and business attorneys.

The most recent lateral move saw Phillip Wilson, a DLA Piper partner, leave the Philadelphia office of the firm to be with a number of former colleagues who jumped ship for Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in 2009.

Wilson, who joined the Hangley Aronchick’s insurance litigation group as a shareholder, was the last of the group of DLA Piper litigators who followed Ronald P. Schiller to Hangley Aronchick. The chairman of Hangley Aronchick’s insurance litigation group is now Schiller.

The group’s focus is on representing insurance and financial institutions in court cases and legal actions across the nation. With the group performing a similar task for the same clients, Schiller considered the move a success.

With the addition of Wilson, Schiller’s team now has 10 lawyers, with most of them coming from DLA Piper. Phillip Wilson was still DLA Piper junior partner when the initial group abandoned the firm.

According to Schiller, when they left, Wilson decided to stay on board. “I wanted him to come with us eventually,” said Schiller.

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