Linklaters adds litigation partner from Morgan Lewis to strengthen US team

Robin Nunn will be based in the Magic Circle firm’s New York and Washington DC offices

Robin Nunn Photo courtesy of Linklaters

Linklaters has hired experienced US litigator Robin Nunn from Morgan Lewis & Bockius to bolster its litigation, arbitration and investigations practice.

Nunn joins as a partner and will split her time between the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices. Nunn’s practice focuses primarily on a range of litigation and investigatory matters, including enforcement litigation, consumer protection litigation, white collar defence, internal investigations and transactional due diligence. She also has experience in emerging tech matters, such as blockchain, crypto, payments and artificial intelligence.

Adam Lurie, head of Linklaters’ US litigation, arbitration and investigations practice, said: “Robin is a brilliant litigator and a trusted advisor on high stakes matters to individuals and multinational corporations, which continue to face rising regulatory scrutiny and increasingly complex civil litigation in the US and globally.”

Nunn spent more than three years as a partner at Morgan Lewis, where she co-led the firm’s banking team. Prior to that, she spent two years as a partner at Dechert, chairing its consumer financial services group, and roughly a year at Davis Wright Tremaine, where she co-led its supervision, enforcement and litigation practice. That proceeded a spell in-house, including as senior associate general counsel at Capital One and counsel at American Express. She started her private practice career at Sullivan & Cromwell following a year as a law clerk to US appeals court judge Barrington Parker.

She said: “I look forward to working with Linklaters’ best-in-class global litigators and other talented lawyers around the world to help our clients successfully navigate their most challenging and complex matters.”

Nunn’s arrival is the latest in a series of recent partner hires in the US for the Magic Circle firm as it seeks to build its US arm. In March, it hired renewable energy duo Marius Griskonis and Judy Kwok in New York from White & Case and Troutman Pepper respectively. It also added Ron Erlichman in November from Sidley Austin to head up its energy and infrastructure team for the Americas.

The hire comes as Linklaters - along with Magic Circle rivals Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - digests the implications of Allen & Overy's planned merger with Shearman & Sterling as it seeks to crack the US market.

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