Brobeck’s Snow Set to Jump to Clifford Chance, U.K. Paper Says. Tower Snow Jr. and 10 other securities litigation partners at San Francisco’s Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison were mum Monday about a British press report that they were set to leave Brobeck for Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells. Reportedly, Clifford Chance is to vote Friday whether to take on the group, which would give the firm a presence in California and a national footing. [Law.com]
It has been a tough year for Brobeck. Their attorney ranks have shrunk by 26% (mostly by layoffs, but attrition is included), they pulled their first-of-a-kind-for-law-firms ad campaign on CNN and MSNBC (and the CMO left as a result), their managing partner (Tower Snow) was ousted, profits per partner are down more than 40%, they let more than half of their team of KM lawyers go, and now this. If it materializes, it will be a major coup for Clifford Chance (did you know they were the largest law firm in the world?) who has not yet established a major presence on the West Coast.