Another group of attorneys has departed LeClairRyan, with a 15-member aviation team joining Fox Rothschild in Washington, D.C., New York, Dallas, San Francisco and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild said it will also be opening up a new office in Northern Virginia to host part of the group, which is is led by partners Mark Dombroff and Diane Westwood Wilson. The two joined LeClairRyan in 2017.
“Mark, Diane and their team are entrenched in the aviation space and have been involved in nearly every significant airline matter and incident in the United States and abroad,” Mark Silow, chair of Fox Rothschild, said in a statement. “This marquee group is an outstanding and welcome addition to the firm, and their expansive practice positions Fox as an industry leader in aviation-related litigation, commercial disputes and FAA compliance, regulatory and safety issues.”
The firm previously had a small aviation group, led by Dallas partner Tressie E. McKeon, who handled the work as part of her wider litigation practice.
“This will really be establishing a significant practice for the first time,” Silow said in an interview.
He added that he had known both Dombroff and Westwood Wilson for a number of years and that they had reached out to him about a potential move.
Prior to joining LeClairRyan, the pair had worked together at McKenna Long & Aldridge and stayed as the firm merged into Dentons in 2015.
Fox Rothschild is still looking for a location for the new Northern Virginia office, which will initially host Dombroff, who worked out of LeClairRyan’s Alexandra office, and three to five other lawyers from the new team. The firm is also looking to recruit lawyers in other practice groups to build out the office, although Silow declined to give details on what areas it was targeting.