Law firm rosters change with the season

(Photo by Michael Schwartz)

Spring and three new lawyers have arrived at Williams Mullen. (Photo by Michael Schwartz)

Budding trees, blossoming flowers: Poaching season has arrived again for Richmond’s law firms.

Three local attorneys jumped from one downtown law firm to another in recent weeks as Williams Mullen picked up Laura Windsor, John Daniel and Lynne Rhode, all of whom left Troutman Sanders.

The additions come a month after Richmond-based Williams Mullen lost four attorneys to rivals McGuireWoods and Roth Doner Jackson Gibbons.

Windsor, a graduate of Georgia State University, joins Williams Mullen as a partner in its labor and employment practice.

Both Daniel and Rhode join the firm’s environmental law practice.

Daniel received his law degree from the University of Richmond and his bachelor’s from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College. Rhode graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and received a bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina.

Williams Mullen also last month attracted two real estate attorneys: Ken Shevlin joined the firm’s Richmond office via a New York firm, and Lemuel Whitsett joined the firm’s Raleigh office.

Troutman did add one attorney to its Richmond ranks earlier this year. Cornelius O’Brien came over in January after 14 years at Fannie Mae.

For its outgoing colleagues Troutman Sanders spokesman Mark Braykovich said, “We wish our former attorneys the very best.”

This isn’t Williams Mullen’s first brush with the springtime migration of lawyers.

It was almost exactly a year ago that four of its attorneys were lured to nearby rival Spotts Fain.

The latest additions bring Williams Mullen’s local attorney headcount to about 100. It has more than 250 attorneys at 10 offices in Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

Troutman Sanders, which is headquartered in Atlanta, has 105 attorneys in Richmond, according to its website. It has more than 600 lawyers at its 15 offices in the United States and China.

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