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Moves That Defined New Jersey's Law Firm Lateral Market in 2018

New Jersey Law Journal

December 21, 2018

As seen in the article, "In a move that he said at the time was motivated by finding a firm with a commitment to New Jersey, litigator James Tyrrell in February brought his products liability and mass tort practice group from the Morristown office of Locke Lord to Sills, Cummis & Gross in Newark, where he became co-chairman the firm’s mass tort practice. Making the move with him were George Talarico, Elissa Glasband, Eric Westenberger and Patrick Gilmartin, who all joined Sills as partners.

"Tyrrell, whose moves around the Big Law world have been well-documented, had been co-chairman of Locke Lord’s product liability group. He previously held management positions at Latham & Watkins, Patton Boggs and Edwards Wildman.

"Tyrrell said in a recent interview that the transition to Sills has gone well, especially the ability of he and his group to share work and rainmaking opportunities alike.

“'I’ve been at a number of law firms,' Tyrrell said, and Sills 'has been very good in allowing me to join client opportunities.' He added, 'It’s a two-way street,' with the new products group referring corporate and bankruptcy work to Sills colleagues, and using existing Sills associates and paralegals to do work on the matters they brought into the firm.

"Tyrrell noted that he has been brought in on numerous client pitches with other partners, including to a pharmaceutical that has since retained Sills to handle litigation matters, though he declined to name the company. Others from the Locke Lord group have gotten similar opportunities at Sills as well, he said.

“'My people would not have met these folks but for the members of Sills giving us that opportunity,' Tyrrell said.

"The connection, as it turned out, went back years. At the time of the move, Tyrrell and Sills managing partner R. Max Crane recalled years earlier bumping into one another at One Riverfront Plaza in Newark, which houses the firm.

"And Crane made at least one previous offer to take on Tyrrell’s practice group, in 2013, when Tyrrell was looking to make a move with Patton Boggs’ Newark shop shuttering.

"The move happened, but not until 2018."