Greenberg attorney Randy Bullard and three other partners will establish Morrison & Foerster’s Miami office.
Morrison & Foerster is launching an office in Miami by poaching Greenberg Traurig partner Randy Bullard, co-chair of the firm’s Miami corporate practice, along with three other partners and an undisclosed number of associates.
The firm confirmed news of the partner laterals to The American Lawyer without offering details. The new office would be its 18th worldwide.
Morrison & Foerster is one of only a few Am Law 100 firms that until now has not had an outpost in Miami. Other big firms have opened offices or expanded in South Florida in recent years as Miami has become a center for corporate work with Latin America and for wealth management.
Bullard has been co-chair of Greenberg’s Miami corporate practice and has advised multinational clients in Latin America and Europe in cross-border transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In 2018, he helped secure $200 million in financing for women’s clothing retailer Chico’s FAS inc.
For the team joining from Greenberg, Morrison & Foerster offers an instant connection. In April, Greenberg vice chair and corporate co-chair Patricia Menendez-Cambo left for SoftBank Group International as deputy general counsel. Morrison & Foerster’s corporate attorneys have worked with SoftBank for at least seven years, advising on a $2.3 billion acquisition of eAccess in 2012 and a $4.4 billion WeWork investment in 2017.
The team is expected to start at Morrison & Foerster on Monday. Bullard’s profile was still live on the Greenberg site Thursday.
The lateral moves come on the heels of other Greenberg departures in South Florida—its home turf. In March, three litigation partners joined boutique firm Stumphauzer & Sloman. Corporate attorneys Lorne Cantor and Evan Kanter joined Jones Day’s Miami office that month as well.
A month prior, Greenberg litigators David Batista and Sara Levy jumped to Shutts & Bowen, and Greenberg partner Seth Entin went to Holland & Knight.
Greenberg Traurig did not immediately return a request for comment.
Morrison & Foerster ranked 33rd among the Am Law 100 with $1 billion in 2018 revenue and 960 attorneys. Greenberg ranked No. 14, with $1.48 billion in revenue and 1,944 attorneys.
The office addition creates Morrison & Foerster’s 10th U.S. office. It has another eight in Asia and Europe. Its core practice areas are litigation, financial services, intellectual property and technology, and transactional work,
Greenberg has 39 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.