LeClairRyan defections continue; 15 jumping to Fox Rothschild

LeClairRyan’s office in the SunTrust Center. (BizSense file photo)

Richmond law firm LeClairRyan has suffered another blow, as another group of its attorneys is jumping to a competitor.

About 15 lawyers from its aviation practice, led by Mark Dombroff out of Northern Virginia, are leaving for Fox Rothschild, a large Philadelphia-based firm with more than 900 attorneys.

Mark Silow, chair of Fox Rothschild, confirmed Dombroff’s group will join the firm in mid-August. In addition to Northern Virginia, the group includes attorneys in California, Colorado, Florida, New York and Texas.

Mark Dombroff

These latest defections amount to nearly 10 percent of the remaining attorneys at LeClairRyan. They follow at least 13 that left the firm last month, including one from its downtown Richmond office, as well as groups from its offices in the Northeast and on the West Coast. LeClair has lost dozens more attorneys since the beginning of the year and around 40 last year, many of which were shareholders.

Locally, attorneys have left in recent months for Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Woods Rogers and Williams Mullen, and Moran Reeves & Conn, among others.

Outside of Richmond, attorneys from LeClair’s Boston and New York-area offices left recently for law firms Duane Morris and McGlinchey Stafford. A group also jumped last month from LeClair’s California offices for Burke, Williams & Sorensen.

LeClair lists 190 attorneys on its website, though that count still includes Dombroff and his group. That total is down from 200 last month and from its peak of around 380 in 2015.

Dombroff had been with LeClairRyan less than two years, having joined in September 2017 from the Dentons law firm in McLean, Virginia.

His group represents clients in the aviation industry, such as airlines, plane manufacturers, and other suppliers and service companies. Their work includes transactional and regulatory matters, as well as litigation.

Silow said it’s the first batch of LeClair defectors picked up by Fox Rothschild. He would not comment on how big a book of business Dombroff’s group brings over.

“It’ll add a set of skills to our existing practice,” Silow said.

He said Fox Rothschild has been in business 112 years and started in Philadelphia. It currently operates 26 offices and has around 925 attorneys, not counting the pending new additions.

Its largest offices are in Philadelphia, New York, Minnesota, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Silow said while it doesn’t have a physical presence in Richmond, the firm is “always looking.”

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