Law firm haunted by founder emails loses more partners

(Reuters) – Names partner Joseph Lordan and a group of Denver lawyers are among the latest lawyers to leave two-month-old California law firm Daugherty Lordan, which since June has struggled with exposing outrageous, bigoted emails it sent has written since -deceased founders.

According to O’Hagan Meyer’s website and an automated response from his Daugherty Lordan email address, Lordan has joined Chicago-based competitor O’Hagan Meyer as a co-managing partner of its San Francisco office.

O’Hagan Meyer said in a press release Wednesday that it has also opened a new office in Denver with five partners and one associate of Daugherty Lordan, the firm’s entire team there. O’Hagan Meyer partners Kevin O’Hagan and Charles Meyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lordan and Daugherty Lordan’s other namesake, Melissa Daugherty, could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for the firm said it was in “ongoing discussions between multiple law firms and our incredibly capable attorneys.”

The departures follow a series of other exits from the company following the release of racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and misogynist emails from founding partners John Barber and Jeffrey Ranen.

Barber and Ranen left Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith with nearly 140 lawyers in May and formed a firm originally called Barber Ranen. They resigned and apologized after Lewis Brisbois released a tranche of dozens of emails they wrote while they were employed there and the firm changed its name to Daugherty Lordan.

Earlier this month, Freeman Mathis & Gary announced it had hired all five of Daugherty Lordan’s Pittsburgh attorneys. In late June, Daugherty Lordan’s only attorney in Salt Lake City, Ogletree, joined Deakins.

Another firm, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, hired Daugherty Lordan partners in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A lawyer from Daugherty Lordan also joined Ballard Spahr.

Daugherty Lordan has not yet said if it will change its name again and how many lawyers it still employs. The website has been largely down for the past month, showing only a listing of the company’s offices.

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