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US firm Seyfarth Shaw has hired DLA Piper Asia employment head Julia Gorham for the launch of its Hong Kong office.
Seyfarth’s new Hong Kong office will focus on the firm’s international employment law practice. It will be the firm’s second office in Greater China and fourth in the Asia Pacific region. The firm first entered the region in 2013 when it opened an office in Shanghai with the hire of corporate partner Wan Li, also from DLA Piper.
Gorham will lead the employment law team in the new Hong Kong base. She joined DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office in 2014 as a partner and Asia head of employment from JP Morgan, where she served as litigation and employment in-house counsel. Prior to that she practised at Allen & Overy for nine years as an associate.
Seyfarth’s latest expansion is led by international chair Darren Gardner. “Opening our new Hong Kong office is an important next step in the continued scaling of our international employment law practice,” said Gardner.
The firm is in the process of making a second lateral partner hire for the Hong Kong launch and expects to start the office with a team of around eight lawyers.
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