After senior partner Fairchild dies, Louis Litt came up with the idea to team up with Harvey Specter to convince Daniel Hardman to promote the pair of them from senior associates to junior partners rather than promote an existing junior partner to senior partner. Hardman agreed to promote one of them, providing they were able to sign McKernon Motors as a client.
Knowing that Avery McKernon valued loyalty, Harvey convinced Avery that he would always be loyal to him and his company, and signed them as his client under the condition he would represent them at an upcoming hearing. However, Hardman informed him that their competitor, Fletcher Engines, wanted to be their client instead, and demanded that Harvey drop McKernon. When Harvey refused, Louis stole Harvey's gameplan for the hearing and gave it to Fletcher, securing his promotion. Despite his loss, Harvey was officially hired as McKernon's attorney.
In 2011, Avery passed away, and Robert Stensland was appointed interim CEO of the company. Believing that McKernon's true value was in its name, Stensland arranged to sell the company's flagship factory, where its famous engines were produced, and to move production overseas. This caused his attorney Harvey, a fan of Avery, McKernon Motors and its engines, to conspire to betray Stensland and find a new CEO.
After realizing that the board of directors would only approve Stensland's relocation plans due to the money they would save, Harvey has Laurence, a wealthy friend of his who owns a two billion dollar hedge fund, purchase the company for $250 million. With the acquisition of McKernon by Laurence, Dominic Barone becomes the new CEO while Stensland's employment is terminated.