Wilke Fleury loses 3 attorneys who launch rival law firm

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Three attorneys from longtime Sacramento law firm Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP have left to form their own law firm, focused on health care. The three - Kelli Kennaday, Curtis Leavitt and Michael Daponde - opened their new firm this week at 500 Capitol Mall.

Two other Wilke Fleury attorneys, Troy Szabo and Kelly Ryan, also joined the new firm as partners.

Amid the massive legal and regulatory changes facing healthcare providers and insurers under the new Affordable Care Act, "It was the perfect timing," said Leavitt, who called it an amicable split from Wilke Fleury.

Leavitt and the founding partners all have extensive background in employment law, regulatory compliance and litigation affecting healthcare plans and insurers statewide.

He said the new firm also hopes to create a "fun" corporate culture, including cruiser bicycles for the firm's employees to pedal around downtown.

Wilke Fleury managing partner Ron Lamb said the departure of the three "won't mean a significant change" in the 93-year-old firm's focus. "They decided they wanted to go in a different direction," he said. "We still maintain a healthcare practice that's unrivaled for depth and breadth in the region." Wilke Fleury, at 400 Capitol Mall, has 26 attorneys who specialize in bankruptcy, insurance, real estate and healthcare.

Wilke Fleury announced this week that two associates have been named partners: Anthony Eaton and Steve Williamson.

Call The Bee’s Claudia Buck, (916) 321-1968. Read her Personal Finance blog, www.sacbee.com/personalfinanceblog.

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