Crowell & Moring LLP has added five attorneys to its downtown L.A. office, the firm’s latest step in building a presence in the L.A. market.

The Washington, D.C.-based firm arrived in a big way last year when it acquired white-collar criminal defense boutique law firm Lightfoot Vandevelde Sadowsky Crouchley Rutherford & Levine LLP.

Earlier this month, the firm added two partners at its downtown office, one counsel and two associates from Mayer Brown LLP and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

Mark Troy joined as a partner and represents businesses with government contracts, arriving from McKenna Long.

Michael Cypers, who represents companies in financial litigation, joined from Mayer Brown, also as a partner.

Janet Levine, another Crowell partner, said the pair’s expertise is a good match with the white-collar criminal defense matters that the firm has been handling locally.

“It’s a natural fit,” Levine said. “If you look at a good, solid chunk of federal criminal prosecutions and investigations, they come from programs that have government funding or people who have had government contracts.”

Troy handles regulatory matters and disputes for companies such as defense and aerospace contractors that do business with the federal government.

He spent 23 years practicing at McKenna Long, but said that he was persuaded to join Crowell for the opportunity to represent clients in other industries.

“It’s very though to leave a firm that you’ve been with for 23 years,” Troy said. “I was torn between my loyalties to that great firm, and the opportunity here to build a new office and to expand my practice to include health care group clients.”

Cypers said he opted to join Crowell because of the firm’s prominence in Washington, and in particular its attorneys’ expertise on regulatory issues.

“All of my clients, in one way or another, are regulated,” said Cypers, who handles securities litigation and accountant liability cases, and represents private equity funds. “It gives my clients a tremendous depth and ability to deal with regulatory matters or investigations that might come up.”

In addition to Troy and Cypers, Crowell also added Kathleen Balderrama as counsel and Melanie Natasha Henry as an associate, both from Mayer Brown, and Mana Elihu Lombardo as an associate, formerly of McKenna Long.

Accumulating Attorneys

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP snagged five land-use lawyers from Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP earlier this month, boosting the downtown L.A. firm’s real estate capabilities.


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