Nine attorneys have joined the San Diego office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP from McKenna Long & Aldridge, led by real estate partners Nancy Scull and David Hymer and insurance litigation partner Peter Klee.
Scull, Hymer and Klee had spent their entire careers at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps before it was acquired by MLA in 2012.
"They are renowned in their practice. They are leaders, they are genuinely nice people and they have an outstanding work ethic," said Guy Halgren, Sheppard Mullin's chairman.
"I've recruited a lot of laterals over the years, but this is one of my most satisfying recruitments. They are truly best in class,” Halgren said.
Making the move along with Scull, Hymer and Klee are partners Ronald Getchey, Charles Danaher, John Brooks, Nathan Arrington, R. Randal Crispen and Marc J. Feldman, who join Sheppard Mullin's insurance and business trial practices.
Halgren worked with Scull and Hymer when he was an attorney at Luce Forward from 1984 to 1986.
Since he became chairman of Sheppard Mullin in 2001, Halgren said, he has been trying to bring them over.
They join the firm's real estate, land use and environmental practice group.
"I think our culture is very attractive to laterals," Halgren said. "We're the last great democracy of firms our size. We treat partners like owners."
Scull's focus is on the representation of commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real property transactions.
She advises lenders, borrowers, and guarantors on loan documentation and loan enforcement issues.
Hymer has significant experience in real property acquisitions, dispositions, development and leasing.
His experience includes complex real estate purchase and sale transactions; representing developers of master-planned communities in all aspects of development and sale; and representing publicly and privately held homebuilders in land acquisitions and related matters.
Klee's focus is defending insurance companies and their affiliates that are sued in individual actions and class actions for bad faith, fraud, unfair competition and other torts.
Sheppard Mullin has 90 attorneys based in its San Diego offices.
"We are very excited to be joining Sheppard Mullin," Scull said. "The firm’s top-notch real estate practice and management’s continuing commitment to grow that practice were key factors in our decision to join the firm."