The Churn

January 27, 2012 6:18 PM

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

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Correction, 1/30/12, 2:30 p.m. EST: The original version of this story gave the incorrect office where Perkins Coie of counsel Dana Krawczuk is located. She is in Portland. The story has been revised to include the correct information. We regret the error.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan continues to boost its nascent Washington, D.C., office, which opened last fall with a team of former Alston & Bird lawyers in a move aimed at least play at putting  the firm closer to the red-hot patent litigation venue that is the International Trade Commission.

Quinn Emanuel announced this week that it has tapped WILLIAM BURCK, previously a partner with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, to comanage the D.C. operation alongside Jon Corey. Burck, who will also work in New York, advises clients on white-collar criminal matters, often related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, and Dodd-Frank Act regulations. Earlier in his career, Burck served as deputy counsel to former president George W. Bush during his years in the White House and also worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City.

Burck tells sibling publication The National Law Journal that the leadership skills he developed at the White House will be helpful in his new role at Quinn Emanuel. He also says that Washington is rapidly  becoming the epicenter of global regulation and litigation. "D.C. is the capital of the government world," he says.

In other Churn news . . .

Adams and Reese has grabbed a team of Nashville lawyers from Miller & Martin, including partners DALE ALLEN and TONY SWAFFORD. Allen handles government relations work and transportation law, and serves as general counsel for client Averitt Express, a transportation and logistics company. Swafford is primarily a labor and employment lawyer, on both the litigation and transactional side, who also takes on transportation and logistics work.

LEAH DOMITROVIC has traded an in-house role at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for the partnership of Baker Hostetler. Based in the firm's Chicago office, Domitrovic litigates complex commercial cases, particularly those involving the defense of publicly traded companies, directors, and officers in civil securities actions, shareholder derivative suits, and mergers and acquisitions litigation.

Five Atlanta lawyers have taken their practices to Ballard Spahr. The new additions are partners HAN CHOI, ETHAN COHEN, BYUNG PAK, and TRACY PLOTT from Schiff Hardin and of counsel ISIDOR KIM from Miller & Martin. Choi is a transactional attorney focused on public finance; Cohen is a securities litigator; Pak is a litigator who handles white-collar cases, government investigations, and corporate compliance matters; and Plott is a real estate lawyer specializing in secured lending.

Litigator RONALD SITTLER has jumped from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan to Blank Rome in Los Angeles. Sittler, who joins as partner, focuses on complex commercial litigation, primarily in the entertainment and media sector. He often represents financial institutions in workouts, prejudgment remedies, receiverships, collection matters, and insolvency.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has hired lateral partner JAY LEVINE from Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C. Levine handles antitrust and consumer protection matters, in litigation and in counseling.

Ecuadorian lawyer ALVARO GALINDO is now international counsel with Dechert. Galindo most recently served as director of the international affairs and arbitration unit for the Republic of Ecuador's attorney general's office. While there, he oversaw investment treaty arbitrations brought against the country by foreign investors. Gallindo will work in Dechert's Washington, D.C., office as part of the firm's international arbitration practice.

Dinsmore & Shohl has expanded in Pennsylvania with a new office in the Philadelphia suburb of Wayne. The growth comes via the addition of five lawyers from Burns White: partner RICHARD O'HALLORAN and four associates. The group focuses on commercial real estate and commercial mortgage–backed securities, along with banking, regulatory, and transactional matters. Dinsmore's other office in the state is in Pittsburgh.

The newly merged Faegre Baker Daniels has hired THOMAS BEIMERS from the inspector general's office of the Department of Health and Human Services as special counsel in its Minneapolis office. Beimers will advise health care clients on regulatory compliance and health fraud matters, while also representing them in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings.

Fulbright & Jaworski has named a new head of its New York bankruptcy and insolvency practice: lateral partner hire ANCELA NASTASI, previously with Richards Kibbe & Orbe. Nastasi represents lenders, investors, debtors, trustees, and creditors in restructuring and Chapter 11 cases, including insolvency- and bankruptcy-related litigation and transactions.

Jackson Lewis has brought on five attorneys from employment boutique Johanson Berenson (now called Berenson) for offices around the country. New partner DAVID JOHANSON will work from Los Angeles along with one associate, and also advise clients in Napa, California, where new partner RACHEL MARKUN and another associate will be located. DOUGLAS RUBEL joins as of counsel in Raleigh. The new hires are experienced in employee benefits, employee stock ownership plans, and ERISA work.

A trio of new partners are now with Jones Day in Dallas: MATTHEW ORWIG, BASHEER GHORAYEB, and SHAWN CLEVELAND. All previously worked at SNR Denton, where Orwig, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, led that firm's Dallas office. The litigation team adds expertise in white-collar, securities, patent, and other trial and appellate work. The firm also added EDWARD PATRICK SWAN as a partner in San Diego and GLYN POWELL as of counsel in London. Swan, previously head of the white-collar criminal defense group at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps—which recently announced plans to merge with McKenna, Long & Aldridge—and a former federal prosecutor, is a trial lawyer who handles both complex civil and criminal litigation. Powell joins from the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, where, as head of the fraud business area, he oversaw investigations including the British aspects of the Bernie Madoff fraud and the prosecution of Asil Nadir, who was accused of false accounting and theft in relation to the collapse of Polly Peck.

Haynes and Boone has hired JANET VAUGHAN ROBERTSON as of counsel in the firm's Houston office. Previously with Vinson & Elkins, Robertson will be part of Haynes and Boone's public law practice group. She serves as bond, underwriter, credit bank, borrower, and issuer counsel in connection with multimillion-dollar municipal and conduit bond issues.

Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman has named a new partner in former Weil, Gotshal & Manges counsel MICHAEL EISENBERG. Based in New York, Eisenberg focuses on intellectual property litigation at the trial court and appellate level for clients in the semiconductors, computer hardware, and computer software industries.

The newest counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is WILLIAM LAMBERT, previously with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. Lambert is an intellectual property lawyer specializing in patent prosecution and counseling who will practice within Kilpatrick's health and life sciences and electronics and software teams. Lambert has a doctorate in chemical physics and is the named inventor on 11 patents.

The Charlotte office of Mayer Brown now counts PERRY HICKS as a partner in its banking and finance practice. Last with Katten Muchin Rosenman, Hicks represents banks and other financial institutions, export credit agencies, and borrowers in syndicated and bilateral secured financing transactions.

Pittsburgh attorney PAUL STOCKMAN has moved from K&L Gates to McGuireWoods, where he joins as partner. Stockman has a litigation practice that covers trial and appellate work, with a focus on insurance coverage, environmental law, and torts disputes.

DEBORAH FESTA has lateraled to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy from O'Melveny & Myers. A partner in Los Angeles, Festa advises investment managers on ways to protect and enhance their assets. She also advises on securitization transactions and counsels clients on compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act.

In Portland, Perkins Coie has expanded its office with DANA KRAWCZUK as of counsel in the real estate and land use practice group. Previously with Ball Janik, Krawczuk is experienced in land use and annexation cases, often multijurisdictional, long-range planning efforts.  

Reed Smith has boosted its expertise in legal work related to the Marcellus and Utica shale fields with the hire of MICHAEL JOY as a partner in the firm's Pittsburgh office. Joy, who has a doctorate in geology, advises companies who develop and service the production of oil and natural gas. He last worked at Buffalo boutique Biltekoff & Joy, which is now called Biltekoff & Pullen. Reed Smith also hired a new partner in Dubai, PAUL TAYLOR, who joins as a member of the construction and engineering team from U.K. firm Gateley.

Squire Sanders has added CANDACE QUINN as a tax partner in New York. Previously with Greenberg Traurig, Quinn advises companies on employee benefits, executive compensation, and health and welfare matters.

The two coheads of Hunton & Williams's commodities trading group have taken their practice to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. DAVID MCINDOE and R. MICHAEL SWEENEY, JR., both join Sutherland as partners in Washington, D.C. The pair represent energy companies and clients within the financial industry in regards to commodities and derivatives regulation, compliance, and transactions affected by the Dodd-Frank Act and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission rules mandated by the statute.

White & Case's two latest lateral hires are F. HOLT GODDARD in New York and RIKARD STENBERG in Stockholm. Both join as partners. Goddard, previously special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, focuses on securities offerings, including equity, high-yield debt, and investment-grade debt for domestic and foreign issuers. Stenberg, formerly a partner at Swedish firm Vinge, has a broad corporate practice that covers initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, convertible bond issuance, and rights issues.

Winston & Strawn has gained an intellectual property partner from Dickstein Shapiro: MICHAEL SCHEER, who will practice in Los Angeles and New York. Sheer, a litigator, assists clients in patent portfolio development, enforcement, and licensing, as well as intellectual property issues related to mergers and acquisitions.

Three attorneys in the Raleigh area have made a move from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton to Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice: HAYDEN "JAY" SILVER III, LISA DIXON, and DORINDA PEACOCK. Silver is a litigator specializing in commercial and intellectual property cases. Dixon focuses on corporate and securities law. Peacock handles M&A transactions and commercial contract issues. All three join Womble Carlyle as partners.

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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