The majority of partners in the six-attorney bankruptcy group that split from D.C. law firm Wiley Rein late last year has landed at the Columbia, S.C.-based law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
The group’s leader, Jason Gold, joined Nelson Mullins this week along with fellow partners Valerie Morrison and Dylan Trache, the firm announced Monday.
Nelson Mullins has 500 attorneys and staff in offices in D.C., Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The three other former Wiley bankruptcy attorneys have joined regional Washington-area law firms. Partner George Pitts is at Sands Anderson, a mid-sized firm with offices in Virginia and North Carolina, and partner Alex Laughlin is at Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, a Reston firm. Former Wiley associate John Farnum went to Linowes and Blocher, a Maryland firm.
Prior to the split from Wiley, which Wiley’s managing partner Peter Shields said was part of the firm’s “new strategic plan,” the bankruptcy group had worked on the dissolution of defunct law firm Howrey, and was representing the trustee for the bankrupt electrical contractor Truland.
Gold said the partners will generally maintain their existing client relationships and that they remain friends.
The departure of the bankruptcy group, announced in early November, was one of two major structural changes at Wiley Rein, one of Washington’s best-known home-grown law firms that is known primarily for its telecommunications work. The 275-attorney law firm announced in late November that it was acquiring the $10 million lobby and consulting shop McBee Strategic, marking a significant expansion into lobbying business.
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