Greenberg Traurig, LLP has hired a new Head of IP Litigation in Texas. Dwayne L. Mason has just joined the firm in Houston. Mason previously practiced at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.
Two sources claim that Latham & Watkins has snagged four partners from Vinson & Elkins. Three of them will be stationed in the firm’s new Houston office. Those are as follows: William Finnegan IV, Brett Braden, Charles Timothy Fenn. Partner Charles Carpenter will join the New York office. They are all to join their respective offices in March or April. Latham’s Houston office opened its doors a month ago.
In the span of a year from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010, 25 out of the 26 largest firms decreased headcount by 5.7 percent. Firm’s took steps to counteract the affects of the economy downward turn via lay-offs and first year deferrals and sticking strong to a mandatory retirement age.