EXCLUSIVE: As lawyers for Johnny Depp and his former law firm spar over a new trial date for the now $50 million malpractice lawsuit the Pirates of the Caribbean star brought against Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP in 2017, there looks to be at least two less Hollywood heavyweights in the ring as of today.

Fifty-one years after he started practicing law, Jacob Bloom is retiring from the firm that already doesn’t carry his name, I’ve learned. His fellow founding partner Alan Hergott is also stepping down after years representing clients such as Brad Pitt, Star Wars overlord Kathleen Kennedy, her husband producer Frank Marshall and Neil Patrick Harris.

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Both Hergott and Bloom, who represented Depp for two decades, have been sending emails to clients, current and past, informing them of their decision to move on to a new phase of their lives. As well working for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald star Depp, Bloom’s client makes up one Hell of a farewell party with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jason Statham, Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Javier Bardem, to name just a few, at the table.

“We thank Jake and Alan for their many years of leadership, excellence and friendship, and we’re happy to build on their foundation,” said partner Carlos Goodman in a statement to Deadline this evening of the now named Goodman Schenkman & Brecheen firm. “This generational shift positions us to capture growth opportunities and lead GSB’s practice into the future.”

As the firm went under its new banner and some have set up shop at firms like Ziffren Brittenham LLP, Bloom himself shunned speaking publicly on his retirement. Alan Hergott, on the other hand, did not.

“It has been a true privilege to represent some of the most talented people in entertainment and media over so many years,” the lawyer told Deadline. “While I will miss my clients and colleagues, now is the right time for this evolution. It is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved and I look forward to watching GSB optimize the new media landscape for its clients and continue to grow in the future.”

READ THE ENTIRE BLOOM HERGOTT DIEMER ROSENTHAL LAVIOLETTE FELDMAN SCHENKMAN & GOODMAN LLP STATEMENT BELOW

Though their names will no longer be on the firm’s name and a resetting of sorts is expected at the once BHDRLFS&G, the retirement by Bloom and Hergott in no way indicates that the former and the firm that he helped found are backing down from the high price row with Depp. In fact, depositions in the October 2017 filed case continued this week, sources tell me.

The actor originally went after Bloom and gang as part of the $25 million January 2017 filed scrap that the Hollywood Vampires’ guitarist was having with his ex-business managers over his seemingly troubled finances. As the law firm counter sued in December 2017, the freewheeling spending Depp came to a settlement with TMG in July 2018.

As paperwork salvos continued between the lawyer and his ex-client, Depp scored a rare legal win in the case last August.

Jolting lawyers all over town to get a pen into their Tinseltown clients’ hands L.A. Superior Court Judge Terry Green granted Team Johnny’s motion to declare invalid the longtime and lucrative oral contingency agreement that actor had with Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP.

Since then, Depp has gone after ex-wife Amber Heard in a $50 million defamation suit and Team Bloom have sent out a wave of depositions notices in late April to  former Warner Bros boss Kevin Tsujihara, Aquaman star Heard, and some of Hollywood’s top attorneys like Marty Singer and Patricia Glaser.

Now, led by heavyweight in his own right, Bryan Freedman, Bloom’s lawyer are asking Judge Green to push the currently September-set trial to next spring because of the vast paperwork and dozens of depositions they say the multi-million dollar case requires them to go through.

A May 29 hearing in Judge Green’s courtroom has been scheduled to address the requested trial date change.

In the meantime, read the whole Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP statement her:

Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman today announced that the firm is moving forward as Goodman Schenkman & Brecheen (“GSB”). The partners of GSB will maintain their well-established entertainment practices, and continue to expand into high-growth digital, streaming and influencer markets. The move follows the expected retirements of Jake Bloom and Alan Hergott, many of whose clients will be represented by GSB. Powerhouse lawyers John Diemer, David Feldman, Stuart Rosenthal and John LaViolette will be part of the GSB team. In addition, the firm is excited to announce that Ashley Silver and Will Jacobson are becoming partners of GSB.

“We thank Jake and Alan for their many years of leadership, excellence and friendship, and we’re happy to build on their foundation,” said Carlos Goodman. “This generational shift positions us to capture growth opportunities and lead GSB’s practice into the future.”

Hergott said, “It has been a true privilege to represent some of the most talented people in entertainment and media over so many years. While I will miss my clients and colleagues, now is the right time for this evolution. It is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved and I look forward to watching GSB optimize the new media landscape for its clients and continue to grow in the future.”

Michael Schenkman added, “I want to thank Jake and Alan for their mentorship and congratulate them on their terrific careers.”

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