Gibson Dunn nabs three Morgan Lewis partners to build a new tax group for a new tax group

Gibson Dunn nabs three Morgan Lewis partners to build a new tax group for a new tax group ...

Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher said Monday that three-partner group is from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, bringing their tax disputes practice with them.

Sanford Stark, Saul Mezei and C. Terrell Ussing joined Morgan Lewis seven years ago as part of a mass move from the now-defunct Bingham McCutchen. Stark, who recently served as a deputy practice group leader for the firms tax group, has joined Gibson Dunn as co-chair of an global tax controversy and litigation practice.

According to Desmond, Gibson Dunn is building a stand-alone tax dispute and litigation practice since he joined the firm in May.

Desmond said he expects the company to have around five to 10 partners working with the new practice.

Stark and Desmond had previously worked together as trial attorneys in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice over 25 years ago. Their careers overlapped as lawyers at McKee Nelson and then Bingham when these two firms merged in 2009, although Desmond left Bingham to build his own law firm in 2012.

Stark said we commissioned an industry-leading tax controversy practice. We built, and continue to develop, a market-leading litigation practice, he said.

A spokesperson for Morgan Lewis said in a statement that the company wished the partners well.

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