Seyfarth Shaw hired a six-attorney real estate group in New York, adding partners from LeClairRyan, Troutman Sanders and Reed Smith.
The group includes partners Adrian Zuckerman, who served as co-head of the national real estate practice at LeClairRyan; and Mitchel Hill, who led the real estate investments group at Troutman Sanders. Former LeClairRyan attorneys Linda Bielik and Cynthia Mitchell are joining the firm as partners and Ralph Berman joins as counsel.
Seyfarth also added former Reed Smith partner Juan Reyes as a partner.
Zuckerman helped lead a team of seven other attorneys from Epstein Becker & Green to LeClairRyan last spring (NYLJ, May 7, 2012). That team included Bielik, Mitchell and Berman.
Zuckerman said Seyfarth "was the right home for us at the right time" and the firm "allows us to address all of our client needs." "We're in the process of transitioning" clients to Seyfarth, he said.
The six-attorney group focuses on a range of real estate matters, including development, acquisitions, dispositions, commercial leasing and lending, land use, financing and real estate litigation.
Seyfarth, founded in Chicago, has more than 800 attorneys firmwide. It said it added 21 new lawyers to its firmwide real estate department, which handled more than $15 billion in real estate transactions in 2012.