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WASHINGTON—Prominent insurance attorney Charles Landgraf has left Dewey & LeBoeuf L.L.P. to join Arnold & Porter L.L.P. as a partner in the law firm's Washington office, Arnold & Porter announced Wednesday.
Mr. Landgraf, who served as chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf's legislative and public policy practice group and as managing partner of the firm's Washington office, is the most recent of a series of high-profile insurance attorneys to leave Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Since early March, defections from Dewey & LeBoeuf have been mounting as the firm struggles with financial difficulties. Six insurance lawyers, including captive industry expert P. Bruce Wright, joined New York-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan L.L.P., while 12 insurance attorneys joined New York-based Willkie Farr & Gallagher L.L.P.
James R. Woods, co-chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf's global insurance industry practice, joined Mayer Brown in New York. In addition, four insurance lawyers led by John Nonna, chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf's insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution practice, joined Patton Boggs L.L.P. in New York in early April.
In its announcement, Arnold & Porter noted that Mr. Landgraf has represented many leading companies and trade associations in the insurance industry, including Lloyd's of London, the California Earthquake Authority and Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
“Mr. Landgraf's work on behalf of insurance-sector clients has included the formation of Policyholders Benefit Corp. to assume undefaulted insurance obligations when the then-largest PMI insurer was put into liquidation during the S&L crisis,” said Arnold & Porter in its statement. “Mr. Landgraf also played a key role in representing clients in the development and passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, the successful efforts to renew the TRIA program in 2005 and 2007, and the development of insurance measures in the Dodd-Frank Act.”
WASHINGTON—The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said Thursday that it intends to take over and terminate three underfunded pension plans sponsored by financially ailing law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf L.L.P. in New York.