The Churn

January 24, 2012 4:38 PM

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Venable's intellectual property group has grown by five with the additions of a technology and life sciences patent group from Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. The new arrivals include partners MICHELE FRANK, TONI-JUNELL HERBERT, and MARK SHANKS, of counsel THERESE FINAN, and one associate.

The team represents biotechnology, medical device, life sciences, and computer technology clients in patent proseuction, IP transactions, patent portfolio counseling, and IP litigation. Finan also brings trademark expertise.

Sibling publication The National Law Journal interviewed Shanks, who says he anticipates that the patent reform legislation enacted last year will result in more appearances at the Patent and Trademark Office—where Frank once worked earlier as a patent examiner—for him and his colleagues. "Like many firms, we anticipate with the AIA, we will be in the realm of opposition and doing more arguing on behalf of our clients," Shanks told the NLJ. He said he was drawn to Venable by its combination of a strong general practice with a healthy patent prosecutions workload.

In other Churn news . . .

Global project finance lawyer JACOB WORENKLEIN has jumped from Bingham McCutchen to the partnership of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in New York. Worenklein, who will cohead Akin Gump's global project finance practice, advises energy and financial institutions on project finance transactions.

In Birmingham, nine health care attorneys have made the move from Balch & Bingham to Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. The group includes new partners JUDD HARWOOD, JACK LEVY, COLIN LUKE, CAREY BENNETT MCRAE, DANIEL MURPHY, and LAURA SCHIELE ROBINSON, as well as counsel JOHN MARKUS. The new additions add expertise in a variety of health care law, including corporate, regulatory, and employment work for hospitals, health care companies, physicians, and others in the industry.

Carlton Fields has expanded its immigration and tax capabilities with the hiring of Miami shareholder JULIE FERGUSON, who previously had her own immigration firm, and two associates. Ferguson's practice covers everything from employment and family-based immigration matters to the representation of individuals in removal proceedings , as well as those seeking political asylum or residency.

MARIANNE SCHAFFNER, an intellectual property attorney in Paris, moves with a team of associates from Linklaters, where she led the firm's IP group, to Dechert. Schaffer's practice focuses on French and pan-European patent litigation in the life sciences, technology, and telecommunication sectors.

DLA Piper has landed the former chair of Proskauer Rose's private equity practice, DANIEL EISNER, as a partner. Eisner, who works in Miami as well as New York, represents middle-market private equity firms and other corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and venture and growth capital investments. Before going into the law, Eisner worked in investment banking.

Sports law expert KENNETH SHROPSHIRE is partially expanding beyond academia to serve as special counsel to Duane Morris's corporate practice. Based in Philadelphia, Shropshire will continue to teach and conduct research at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and lead the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, which he founded. He will advise Duane Morris clients on sports and entertainment law.

Corporate finance lawyer HOOH NOH has moved his practice from Korean law firm DW Partners in Seoul to Dykema Gossett's Los Angeles office. As senior counsel and assistant leader of the firm's Korean business team, Noh will continue to practice in the areas of corporate finance and international counseling and advising for U.S., European, and Asian companies.

Gibbons has brought on labor and employment lawyer MITCHELL BOYARSKY, previously with Jackson Lewis, as a director. Based in New York and New Jersey, Boyarsky counsels clients in employment, trade secret and restrictive covenant, wage and hour, and labor matters.

Three new partners have joined Hogan Lovells in New York. Finance partner EVAN KOSTER and corporate partner FRANCIS MONACO arrive from Dewey & LeBoeuf, while finance lawyer PETER HUMPHREYS joins from McDermott Will & Emery. Koster focuses on the derivatives marketplace, most recently on matters related to energy and equity derivatives. Monaco handles insurance and reinsurance transactions and regulatory matters. Humphreys specializes in securitization, including financings of equipment and operating leases, credit card receivables, auto loans, energy receivables, and intellectual property.

Ice Miller's Indianapolis office now counts HOLIDAY BANTA and TROY COLE as partners in the intellectual property group. The pair spent the past nearly two decades at Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry. Bantu handles IP litigation, dispute negotiation, trademark prosecution, and IP licensing. Cole, a former electrical engineer, focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright protection.

The London office of K&L Gates has gained ELIZABETH ROBERTSON as a partner in its policy and regulatory practice. Robertson, previously with Addleshaw Goddard, concentrates on domestic and international business crime and regulation.

A group of immigration lawyers, led by partner TRACY EVLOGIDIS, are joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in London from Speechly Bircham. Evlogidis, who currently heads Speechly's immigration practice, will advise multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals on U.K. immigration and nationality issues.

KEVIN POLONCARZ, formerly cochair of Bingham McCutchen's climate change practice, is now a Paul Hastings partner in San Francisco. Poloncarz specializes in air quality and climate change issues, advising mainly energy sector clients on environmental compliance and enforcement proceedings and administrative litigation.

Sullivan & Cromwell welcomes former Jones Day partner SPENCER SIMON, who joins as special counsel in Palo Alto. Simon's practice focuses on intellectual property–related transactions for clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunications, and technology industries. Simon is a somewhat rare lateral hire at the firm, which has only twice looked outward to fill its senior ranks domestically since Nader Mousavi was hired as a partner in Palo Alto in May 2010 from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, also for his IP–related mergers and acquisitions expertise.

In Abu Dhabi, Vinson & Elkins has expanded with the addition of new partner DOMINIC HARVEY from Norton Rose. Harvey advises public and private clients in the utilities, energy, metals, and infrastructure sectors on both Islamic and conventional finance transactions. The firm has also added five associates recently in the Middle East focused on project and finance work.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to

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