June 24th, 2010
Four partners and one associate from the West Los Angeles legal powerhouse Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro have split off to start their own business litigation boutique, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae.
The five-person Early Sullivan opened its doors in the mid-city area on Monday. The firm, comprised of former Glaser Weil partners Eric P. Early, Brian Sullivan, William “Billy” Wright, Scott Gizer and Devin McRae (a former senior associate at Glaser Weil), offers an array of litigation specialties including entertainment, real property and title insurance.
Early, who headed the insurance litigation group at Glaser Weil, only would say that the decision to break off was based on seeing new opportunity in a smaller platform.
“This is just a group of terrific up and coming lawyers and we wanted to do it on our own,” Early said. “We’re excited, we’re already working hard.”
Early and partners Sullivan, Wright, Gizer and McRae were well-respected within their previous firm, according to sources with close knowledge of the situation, but it is unclear how deeply their departures will affect Glaser Weil.
Glaser Weil partner and litigation chair Patty Glaser said she wishes them well and that her firm will refer business to Early Sullivan.
“They’re entrepreneurial, which is what we are,” she said. “We’re wishing them the best.”
The two firms already share at least one large, national client, Fidelity National Financial Inc., which is expected to continue working with lawyers at both companies, Early said. Other clients the Early Sullivan lawyers will bring from Glaser Weil include Chicago Title Co., Bank of America and Plan A Productions, he said.
Source: The Daily Journal Corporation