October 30, 2018

Law firm Akin Gump opens in Hartford

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Attorney Renée M. Dailey is partner in charge of Akin Gump's new Hartford office.

Renowned New York law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has opened its first Connecticut office in downtown Hartford to house its reassembled global debt-finance practice.

Ranked by the National Law Journal among the nation's top law firms with a staff of 858, 21 offices and more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Akin Gump's four Hartford attorneys are housed in Regus' temporary office space on the 14th floor of 100 Pearl St. while it searches for about 5,000 square feet of permanent office space downtown, a spokesman said.

Attorney Renée M. Dailey, who has UConn undergraduate and law degrees, is partner in charge of the new office. Dailey previously was co-head of the restructuring and bankruptcy practice in the London office of another global law giant, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Morgan Lewis, too, has a downtown Hartford office.

Joining Dailey in reforming the debt-finance practice are attorneys Thomas F. O'Connor, Christopher E. Lawrence and Chip Fisher.

O'Connor, who will be based in London, was formerly the practice group leader in Morgan Lewis' London office representing institutional investors, insurers, investment funds and others in acquiring privately placed debt and equity in deals throughout Europe, North and South America and Australia. His law degree is from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Lawrence is a Fordham University School of Law grad. Fisher is a Columbia University School of Law alum. Lawrence, Fisher and Dailey are based in Hartford.

"The incoming team has a long history based in Hartford and a continued presence there is crucial for their practice, particularly given Hartford's continued significance in the insurance market as well as its proximity to other major East Coast commercial centers," spokesman Benjamin J. Harris said via email.

An unspecified number of lawyers, paralegals and support staff will be joining the Hartford office in coming weeks, Harris said.

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