Global law firm PGMBM will now be known as Pogust Goodhead after a string of legal victories.
Following a landmark ruling ensuring that mining giant BHP will face its day of judgment in English courts over the Mariana Dam disaster, the law firm will also expand its services in Brazil.
With the addition of a new office in Rio de Janeiro, Pogust Goodhead plans to continue leading environmental litigation in Brazil, as well as globally through offices in the Netherlands and the United States.
The expansion also includes plans for a new legal process outsourcing center based in Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil to help process and serve clients worldwide – which will bring more than 300 jobs to the region. .
Along with the expansion into Brazil, the firm is expanding its global securities department, with a new office in San Diego – headed by securities attorney Takeo Kellar. Enhancing this practice area aligns with Pogust Goodhead’s commitment to bringing shareholder engagement and litigation solutions to investors worldwide.
The news comes after a series of landmark settlements, including on behalf of 15,000 claimants in the Volkswagen Group litigation in May 2022 and 16,000 victims of the British Airways data breach in 2021.
A £100m partnership and funding deal with North Wall Capital was also recently announced as the biggest investment in a UK law firm to date.
The ongoing investment in Brazil will also see the addition of 20 new Brazilian lawyers in the coming weeks, following a series of hires in the UK.
Pogust Goodhead recently saw the recruitment of C-suite executives Alicia Alinia, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer Jash Radia, bringing decades of strategic leadership experience across the company.
Tom Goodhead, Global Managing Partner and CEO, said:
“Over the past twelve months we have successfully concluded class litigation against British Airways, Volkswagen and last month we won an extraordinary victory against the world’s largest mining company, BHP.
“Today we move on to the next chapter. As the business continues to grow, it is essential that we make changes to ensure that we have a solid, reliable and sustainable infrastructure to facilitate our ambitions to transform the group litigation worldwide.
“Our Brazilian cases have always been the driving force of the business and with a new office in Rio, we hope to build on the great progress we have made with cases against defendants such as BHP and Tuv Sud.
“Most importantly, we want to make sure our customers have an even better experience and ultimately make sure we represent their desire for justice, continuing to fight the good fight in all of our disputes.”
President Harris Pogust added:
“We are excited to build on the successes of the past few years in what we believe is the next critical step for our firm. I’m beyond proud to have my big and bold name next to my amazing partner, Tom Goodhead. As we continue to grow the business, brand recognition becomes an even more important part of our growth. With this name change, we believe the Pogust Goodhead brand will be one of the most recognizable in the legal landscape.
“No law firm does cutting-edge, groundbreaking work on behalf of those who need legal representation the most like Pogust Goodhead, and these changes will allow us to take things to the next level.
“We are beyond proud of the talented people we have on board at the firm and the incredible work they do every day, championing justice for our clients.
“We’re just getting started.”
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