Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP will enhance its national HR Law practice with the addition of all 13 lawyers from boutique firm Connelly Sheehan Harris LLP, a Chicago-based employment litigation boutique with a national practice, beginning February 1.
Michael Sheehan, who co-founded his firm in 1990, said this move comes in response to client needs. "We reached a point at our firm where we needed to expand to serve our larger clients from a firm with national coverage and with skilled veteran lawyers in our field," he said. "At the same time, we wanted a place that would not require us to take the edge off who we are or how we go about working with our clients. We found all that and more at Drinker Biddle."
Name partners Michael Sheehan and Martin Harris will join Drinker Biddle as partners, while P. Kevin Connelly will be of counsel to the firm. In addition, Rachel Cowen and Kristine Aubin will join Drinker Biddle as partners, and John A. Berg and Brian E. Spang will be counsel. Six additional Connelly Sheehan Harris lawyers will be joining as associates: Heather A. Bailey, Michael S. Booher, Nathalie Q. Collins, Richard S. Cozza, Esther Vreeman-Moll and Terence P. Smith. Most of the firm's staff members will be offered comparable positions at Drinker Biddle.
Drinker Biddle's employment litigation practice added Cheryl D. Orr and Heather M. Sager in January 2007 from San Francisco boutique Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP. The firm recently announced that employment litigator Maria L.H. Lewis would be joining the Philadelphia office on January 1 as one of a dozen lawyers arriving from Miller Alfano & Raspanti P.C. In addition, the HR Law practice added employee benefits lawyer Dawn E. Sellstrom to Drinker Biddle's Chicago office in October from Seyfarth Shaw LLP.