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Global law firm FisherBroyles expands its Law Firm 2.0® offering in London

May 19, 2020
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Seven partners join from Legal 500/AmLaw 100 firms, with further partner hires in coming weeks

 

(London—19 May 2020)— FisherBroyles, LLP, the first and largest distributed law firm in the world, announces the expansion of its Law Firm 2.0® offering in London, bringing the total number of London Partners to 10.

FisherBroyles continues to recruit, with more high-profile senior Partners set to depart top London law firms – for FisherBroyles – in the next few weeks.

FisherBroyles’ London expansion has been rapid. Its London presence – FisherBroyles’ first international location outside of the U.S. – opened in February this year with the appointments of Peter Finding and Rory Graham as Partners. Expansion of the Firm in London was led by Managing Partner Michael Pierson, a securities partner and former Assistant General Counsel of Goldman Sachs (New York), who will continue to serve as Managing Partner of the Firm’s Global Corporate department in the U.K. and U.S.

Partners at FisherBroyles in London have practiced at a number of pre-eminent law firms, including: Baker McKenzie, Bird & Bird, Cravath, Davis Polk, DLA Piper, Dorsey & Whitney, Freshfields, Gibbons, McGuireWoods, Morgan Lewis, Paul Hastings, Pinset Masons, Quinn Emanuel, Skadden, Sullivan & Cromwell, Strange & Butler, Seyfarth Shaw, Taylor Vinters, Withers, and Winston & Strawn. The entire London team now includes:

• Robert Boresta
• Stephen Di Cioccio
• Peter Finding
• Richard Flaggert
• Rory Graham
• Daniel Larkin
• Ben Lasserson
• Michael Pierson
• Andrew Webster
• Thomas Wiesner

FisherBroyles provides a full-service offering in London with practice areas covering corporate, litigation, capital markets and M&A, securities, employment, international arbitration, intellectual property, data privacy, media, sports, energy, technology, and outsourcing.

Michael Pierson, Managing Partner, Global Corporate, said:

“We are thrilled to welcome so many talented new partners to our fast-growing London offering, which will expand further in the coming weeks. Our business model is specifically built around talent, technology, and transparency. It allows the best lawyers to perform profitably from anywhere, anytime, with more flexibility and control over their financial rewards. It is very appealing to both partners and clients alike, and I expect our growth and recruitment, both in London and in the United States, to continue at pace.”

The Firm currently has over 260 partners across 23 markets in both the U.S. and U.K. and its ongoing rapid expansion, despite the current economic environment, is testament to the resilience and success of the firm’s unique Law Firm 2.0® business model. The model was created by co-founding partners James Fisher and Kevin Broyles in the wake of the 2002 dot-com recession and has been carefully honed over the last 18 years.

The Firm’s business model eliminates the costs and inefficiencies of the traditional ‘Big Law’ model
without expensive real estate or other unnecessary overhead, and we believe it is impossible to replicate
overnight.

The Firm’s ‘partner-led, and client-driven’ approach eliminates clients paying to train high cost associates.
The Law Firm 2.0® business model also results in lower billable rates, providing an attractive alternative to
traditional law firms in the current economic environment, as clients look to cut costs and seek value.

FisherBroyles has also developed its own non-discretionary, fixed compensation formula which solves the
traditional law firm approach to lawyers’ compensation. Transparent and non-discretionary client credit
and compensation policies solve equality issues often found in traditional law firms and removes bias by
institutionalizing inclusiveness. Unlike traditional firms that may demand capital calls from Partners during
times of micro-economic slowdowns, FisherBroyles’ never requires capital contributions.

James Fisher, Firm Founder and Managing Partner of FisherBroyles, commented:

“Our law firm was born in reaction to the 2002 dot-com recession and we have revolutionized the
antiquated ‘Big Law’ business model since. Post-Global Financial Crisis in 2008, we not only survived, but
doubled headcount and revenues. This proved our business model worked and has been the foundation
for our continued growth ever since. It reassures us that our Firm is recession proof and built to survive in
the post-Covid economic environment.”

Kevin Broyles, Firm Founder and Managing Partner of FisherBroyles, added:

“Thrust into remote working, many law firms are struggling to adjust to the ‘new normal’. For
FisherBroyles, remote working has been at the core of our Law Firm 2.0® model since inception. The firm
has zero debt and has never had the expense of prime real estate or overhead associated with traditional
law firms. This means economic risk is not passed on to our partners, making us an attractive alternative
for partners looking to leave traditional law firms and join a firm that was built to survive, and thrive, in any
economic environment.”

The expansion in London takes place at the same time as the Firm adds to its numbers in the USA and
explores further global expansion into the Middle East and Asia. The Firm recently announced the
appointment of eight new partners to its US team, the majority of which joined from Am Law 100 firms.

Further information
FisherBroyles
Michael Pierson
Managing Partner, Global Corporate
michael.pierson@fisherbroyles.com

Thoburns
David Bass
Director
d.bass@thoburns.com
Direct: +44 7583 683589

John Gill
Account Manager
j.gill@thoburns.com
Direct: + 44 7860 410272

Notes to Editors
• Robert Boresta joins the Firm in London after practicing with FisherBroyles as a Partner in New York
since 2019. Before arriving at FisherBroyles, he practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell, Mudge Rose, Paul
Hastings, Winston & Strawn. His practice includes counseling global financial market participants on
securities laws and regulations, including those related to broker-dealers, investment advisors, and
credit-rating agencies. He is based between London and New York.

• Stephen Di Cioccio joins the Firm in London after practicing with Fisher Broyles as a Partner in New
York since 2017. He currently serves as chair of the Banking & Financial Services Practice Group.
Before arriving at FisherBroyles, he practiced at Dorsey & Whitney and McGuireWoods. A registered
foreign lawyer who also practices in New York, he handles a broad range of matters, including
commercial transactions, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. He is based in
New York.

• Peter Finding joined the firm in London in January 2020. Before arriving at FisherBroyles, he
practiced at Withers LLP, Arnold Bloch Leibler. Burges Salmon LLP, Taylor Vinters LLP. His practice
covers Executive Compensation & Benefits, Employment and Entertainment & Sports. He is based in
London.

• Richard Flaggert joined the Firm in London in April 2020 after spending nearly a decade at DLA
Piper. His practice involves a range of intellectual property, technology, data privacy, media, and
sports-related matters. He is based between Boston and London.

• Rory Graham joined the firm in London in January 2020. Before arriving at FisherBroyles, he
practiced at Bird & Bird, Osborne Clarke, Baker McKenzie, Brown Rudnick and Morgan, Lewis &
Bockius. His practice covers corporate and commercial work, principally in the technology sector,
including outsourcing/procurement deals; corporate finance; mergers and acquisitions; and joint
ventures and other collaborations. He is based in London.

• Daniel Larkin is dual US/UK citizen and joins the Firm as a Partner in London from Seyfarth. A
solicitor, he will also practice in Chicago and will focus on leading cross-border investment and
strategic transactions for hospitality, real estate, consumer goods, and infrastructure clients. He is
based between Chicago and London.

• Thomas K. Wiesner II, joins the Firm in London and in New York after practicing in the Madrid office
of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He handles a broad spectrum of matters for U.S. and non-U.S.
financial institutions, REITs, and corporate and private fund clients, including IPOs, other equity and
debt offerings, private financings, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. He began his
career at Cravath in New York.

• Richard Flaggert joins the Firm in London after spending nearly a decade at DLA Piper. A solicitor
who also practices in Boston, his practice involves a range of intellectual property, technology, data
privacy, media, and sports-related matters.

• Andrew Webster, who has practiced with FisherBroyles in Houston since 2017, joins the Firm in
London. A solicitor, his practice handles a range of general corporate, technology, and energy
matters.

• Daniel Larkin joins the Firm as a Partner in London from Seyfarth. A solicitor, he will also practice in
Chicago and will focus on leading cross-border investment and strategic transactions for hospitality,
real estate, consumer goods, and infrastructure clients.

• Ben Lasserson joins the Firm as a litigation Partner after previously practicing at Freshfields, Quinn
Emanuel, and Skadden. He also led the antitrust litigation practice at Pinset Masons. A solicitor
based in London, his practice involves antitrust litigation, commercial litigation, international
arbitration, as well as other dispute resolution matters.

• Michael Pierson is Managing Partner of FisherBroyles’ Global Corporate practice in both the UK and
the US. He joins the Firm in London after practicing with FisherBroyles in New York since 2017. Prior
to joining FisherBroyles, he served as an attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
was a member of the Investment Management group at Morgan Lewis, and was Assistant General
Counsel to Goldman Sachs. He counsels U.S. and non-U.S. banking, broker-dealer, financial
institutions, FinTech, private fund, and corporate clients in acquisition, regulatory, and securities law
matters. He is based between New York and London.

About FisherBroyles, LLP
• Founded in 2002, FisherBroyles, LLP is the first and world’s largest distributed law firm

• Our hundreds of partners in 23 global locations are veterans of the largest and most sophisticated law
firms, corporate departments, and government agencies

• We seek to cultivate the brightest legal minds and to provide our clients with exceptional service,
tailored advice, and practical, efficient solutions for their most complex transactions, disputes, and
legal issues

• The FisherBroyles’ efficient and cost-effective Law Firm 2.0® model leverages talent and technology
instead of unnecessary overhead that does not add value to our clients, all without sacrificing BigLaw
quality

• Visit our website at www.fisherbroyles.com to learn more about our firm’s unique approach and how
we can best meet your legal needs
© 2020 FisherBroyles LLP

About FisherBroyles, LLP

Founded in 2002, FisherBroyles, LLP is the first and world’s largest distributed law firm partnership. It has grown to over 240 people in 22 offices nationwide. The FisherBroyles’ efficient and cost-effective Law Firm 2.0® model leverages talent and technology instead of unnecessary overhead that does not add value to our clients, all without sacrificing BigLaw quality. Visit our website at www.fisherbroyles.com to learn more about our firm’s unique approach and how we can best meet your legal needs.

© 2020 FisherBroyles LLP