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January 15, 2009 4:44 PM

The Churn.Gov: Lateral Moves From Feds to Firm

Posted by Jonathan Thrope


Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Michael J. Garcia will officially begin his stint at Kirkland & Ellis on February 2. As we've previously reported, Garcia is joining the firm's litigation practice as a partner, resident in the New York office. As U.S. attorney from 2005-08, Garcia directed investigations of several high-profile cases involving securities fraud, racketeering, counterfeiting, and public corruption. Most recently, Garcia focused on whether the multitrillion-dollar credit-default swap market was illegally manipulated. From 2003 to 2005, Garcia served as assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), leading the second-largest investigative agency in the federal government.

Morgan Lewis announced the addition of former U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware Colm F. Connolly as a partner to its litigation practice. Connolly, who has served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware since 2001, will focus his Philadelphia-based practice on corporate investigations and white-collar matters. He gained national notoriety in the mid-1990s for his successful investigation and prosecution of former Delaware lawyer Thomas Capano for the murder of the secretary to the governor of Delaware.

Lydia Parnes is saying goodbye to the federal bureaucracy. Parnes, the director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will join Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in March. Parnes joined the FTC in 1981 as attorney advisor to the agency's chairman. In 1992, she was appointed deputy director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection; she became director in 2004. In 2006 she served as the deputy executive director of the President's Task Force on Identity Theft, coordinating the efforts of 17 federal agencies in developing a national strategic plan to combat identify theft in both the private and public sectors. Parnes will work out of Wilson Sonsini's Washington, D.C., office.

The Hon. Jacqueline Silbermann, former New York state administrative judge, has joined Blank Rome as of counsel in their matrimonial group. Justice Silbermann stepped down from her position as the deputy chief administrative judge for matrimonial matters for the state of New York at the end of 2008, a position she has held since 1997. Silbermann will be based in the firm's New York office.

Venable has added former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer Sheryl Robinson Wood as a partner in its SEC and white-collar defense practice. Wood formerly served in Justice's Antitrust and Civil Rights divisions, where she acted as liaison between the department and state attorneys general, as well as with local law enforcement authorities. She also has previously run the investigations arm of global consulting firm Kroll, Inc.


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