Guess who Zach Fardon hired – Law News

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2 October 2017 | 3:00 pm

Former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon is getting the band back together: He’s hired Patrick Collins, his co-lead in the prosecution of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan.

Collins is joining Fardon in the new Chicago office of King & Spalding. The Atlanta-based firm had no presence in the city until Fardon, who worked there after graduating from law school, agreed to launch it after leaving Chicago’s top law enforcement job.

Collins is Fardon’s first hire, along with Jade Lambert. Both attorneys, joining as partners, were partners in the Chicago office of Perkins Coie. Collins’ clients in recent years include Sirius XM Radio, Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Sanderson, Columbia College Chicago and National Grid, a British multinational utility with U.S. operations in New England. He also represented Anne Dias Griffin in her divorce from billionaire Ken Griffin.

Collins has spent the past decade at Perkins Coie after 12 years in the U.S. attorney’s office. For his last four years there, he supervised the public corruption unit.

Establishing a beachhead in Chicago is a challenge for any law firm, which must hire attorneys and win business in a competitive market. But Fardon’s reputation, trial experience and emphasis on civility give King & Spalding an advantage, says Chicago legal recruiter Kay Hoppe. Adding Collins just doubles down on those assets.

“There’s now already $100 million (in business) that wants to work with these guys because they’re considered good and decent,” she says. “That changes the challenge in a big way. Their challenge is going to be deciding who can join them.”

Lambert focuses on commercial litigation and internal investigations. In 2009 she was chief of staff for the ethics panel appointed by former Gov. Pat Quinn and chaired by Collins.



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