Sean Gorman, who was managing partner of the Dewey & LeBoeuf office in Houston, today joined Houston’s Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, along with three litigation associates. The associates are Chris Lacy, Lauren Rae Reeder and Jamie Aycock.
Gorman says he’s been thinking about moving to a litigation boutique for a couple years and his move is unrelated to other defections at Dewey, which, according to Texas Lawyer affiliate blog The AmLaw Daily, has lost at least 36 other partners in 2012.
“I didn’t leave Dewey LeBoeuf. I left Big Law,” Gorman says, noting that the firm’s Houston office has a “strong group of energy lawyers.”
Angelo Kakolyris, a media contact in New York City for Dewey, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the Houston departures. Nine lawyers are currently working in Dewey’s Houston office, according to its website.
Gorman says AZA is a good fit for his litigation practice.
“Big firms are good for certain types of cases, but for core business litigation, the boutique platform is more flexible, more trial ready and yields, in my opinion, a better product,” Gorman says. He declines to identify clients.
John Zavitsanos, a founding partner in AZA, writes in a statement: “We're thrilled to have Sean and the talented associates he's bringing to our firm. He sees what we see — that trial lawyers thrive and flourish in an entrepreneurial boutique like ours."
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys