Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More DC Cracks: Roxann Henry to Dewey, Fiona Philip to Sidley

According to a commenter, Roxann Henry, who was a massive presence in Howrey's DC antitrust practice, is bolting for Dewey's DC office.  Among other high profile work, Roxann has done a ton of work for Nestle in clearing many successful acquisitions during last decade.  Roxann has been with Howrey for over 30 years.  The magnitude of her departure cannot be overstated.  I cannot imagine that Winston would have NOT wanted Roxann barring some sort of conflicts issue.

And Fiona Philip, a rising star in securities, is leaving for Sidley DC.

31 comments:

  1. Roxann Henry: Complete bitch to work for. Hates female associates. God only knows what she had to do to succeed back in the stone ages, and she has a huge chip on her shoulder about it. Decent book, but she's one foot in a retirement home.

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  2. I wonder if Winston is starting to get the message... NO ONE WANTS BEDBUGS!!!!!!!!

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  3. @10:03: Tell us something relevant. The only relevant words in your post: "Decent book." Have we learned nothing from Howrey's downward spiral?

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  4. Who is Fiona Philip?

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  5. 10:44-why dont you provide some relevant info, you whiny cunt?

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  6. Why all the vitriol? Roxann Henry is a very good lawyer with a fine international reputation and many lifetime achievements. Not highly regarded inside the firm, but with Ruyak, and Boland it has been standard Howrey practice to diss the people best regarded outside the firm. Ruyak needs the spotlight on him....always. That she is not aligning herself with Boland and the Collier gang speaks to her good judgment and suggests that other antitrust partners not connected to that group will also bolt in the next day or two leaving Winston with the dregs of the old Howrey antitrust group and people with no reputations at all. Two or three good lawyers is all they might get. Her move is very relevant.

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  7. Fiona Philip used to be at the SEC before coming to Howrey. I don't think she was ever at another firm except Howrey. Not sure I would characterize her as a "rising star", but whatever. I highly doubt she has any book of significance, but government experience is always highly valued in white collar work. She used to do some work with Dick "Sinking Ship" Beckler and Peter Unger, who jumped ship a long time ago.

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  8. @10:03 -- sorry you were unable to live up to Howrey's moderate expectations. I'm sure that your 4 years or so of cite checking briefs will serve rate a huge chip on YOUR shoulder. Now get back to work on your resume.

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  9. Still no word on assoc? Summers? Staff? Please share if you know something. Thanks.

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  10. Ezra Levine to MoFo now. Another guy not going to Winston who could have. Quiet guy but not insubstantial.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nonbank-payment-systems-expert-joins-morrison--foerster-117228493.html

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  11. Summers? Really? The word on summers is that you should find a late-breaking clerkship, begging your dad's title attorney in Akron to give you a chance, or doubling down and going to business school.

    I sincerely hope that some of these partners will be smart enough to bring their secretaries, without whom they are totally unable to function.

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  12. Howrey Defections Continue: 15 Lawyers Bolt to Pillsbury


    The Howrey boat has sprung a few more leaks. At this point, the vessel isn’t entirely underwater, but it certainly appears to be on its way down.

    The latest: well, more news of partners jumping o’erboard.

    For starters, just announced this morning: A construction litigation team of 15 Howrey lawyers — six partners, two counsel and seven associates — will be joining Pillsbury in its Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC and New York offices.

    “We are enthusiastic to have this team of market-leading professionals join Pillsbury, as these attorneys are remarkable for their breadth of litigation and arbitration experience combined with an unsurpassed focus on construction and infrastructure,” said Pillsbury Firm Chair Jim Rishwain. The partners joining Pillsbury are John Heisse, David Dekker, Robert Thum, Jeffrey Gans, Melissa Lesmes and Michael McNamara.

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  13. That is not a Howrey leak as the construction lawyers were not people who had a Winston offer anyway. They had no choice but to find a lifeboat. The Howrey ship started sinking long ago when Ruyak took over.

    But Julian Joshua in Brussels to Steptoe is relevant. He did have a Winston offer and was the last remaining antitrust partner at Howrey with a gold-plated international reputation. He is probably the most effective cartel lawyer in Europe. Very smart and talented.

    http://www.globalcompetitionreview.com/

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  14. "Ezra Levine to MoFo now."

    Going as "Senior Of Counsel." If you think he's quiet, you've never worked around him. Not one of my favorite people.

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  15. Roxann Henry is a good lawyer who doesn't suffer fools.

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  16. The construction partners had offers, every one of them. Conflicts, and more importantly, their distaste for Howrey management, prevented them from accepting. They're a great group.

    Here's the press release: http://www.pillsburylaw.com/index.cfm?pageid=19&itemid=5612

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  17. 10:03 is wrong. Clearly bitter, for whatever reason. I worked years for Roxann and I'm female. She's a great mentor and the best criminal antitrust attorney Howrey's got. And, I agree, she doesn't suffer fools (note to 10:03). Roxann has her pick of where to go. Dewey's lucky to get her.

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  18. Who IS going to go to Winston anyway? Just Boland and his acolytes? Why would Winston asume any Howrey DC lease for that band?

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  19. @1:05.

    It looks like parts of Dc and most of Houston.

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  20. Summer Associate offers unfortunately rescinded:

    http://abovethelaw.com/2011/03/howreying-for-the-exits-more-partner-departures-and-bootcamp-gets-the-boot/#more-60807

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  21. Did associates get Winston offers Monday and are the rest getting their bye-bye letters today or did that end up being a false rumor?

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  22. A two-sentence message rescinding the offers. Unbelievable. Next up, incoming associates.

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  23. @2:35, well, if that's the case, it won't take long to draft the email.

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  24. What about current associates?

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  25. Have been reading the blogs to see the thoughts but felt that I needed to comment on Roxann Henry. I, too, worked with Roxann at Howrey and she was always gracious and helpful with advice. Anywhere Roxann would chose to move to will be very lucky to have her. Fiona Philip definitely is a rising star - just watch for her!

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  26. 6:40 = Fiona's Mom.

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  27. I haven't waded into the comments here yet, but I will now to note that i'm also a bit confused about the RH comments. She might be quirky, but she's a dynamite attorney and I never saw any bias against female associates -- quite the opposite in fact. I don't know much about FP though.

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  28. How can all the Roxann Henry defenders sound like the same person? Hmmm.

    I've worked with her, think she sucks on a personal level, but don't have any doubt that she's a good lawyer.

    People are allowed to have differing opinions.

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  29. Personally, I'm not the same person writing about Roxann being a good person over and over - I'm one person. As being the mother of Fiona Philip and praising her - I'm blonde and blue eyed, if you know anything about Fiona, I am so at the opposite end of being her mother. She's a rising star - period. Just watch.

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  30. More info about Roxann and others going to Dewey. Posted today.

    http://sharktanklegal.com/?p=123

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