The Churn

February 17, 2012 4:56 PM

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

Posted by Irene Plagianos

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired BRANDON JOHNSON as of counsel in its Washington, D.C., office. Johnson, formerly with King & Spalding, will continue to represent clients in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulatory proceedings and investigations, as well as in Department of Justice merger and antitrust investigations.

MICHAEL MACPHAIL has joined Faegre Baker Daniels as a partner in the firm's litigation and advocacy group in Denver. MacPhail focuses on securities and financial litigation and investigations before securities industry regulators. MacPhail comes to the firm from Holme Roberts & Owen. Prior to entering private practice, he was at the Securities and Exchange Commission for 13 years, most recently as deputy assistant director in the agency's Denver regional office.

The San Francisco office of Fox Rothschild now counts CURTIS SMOLAR as a litigation partner. Smolar handles a wide range of litigation and arbitration matters, representing clients in bankruptcy, real estate, and commercial matters. He was previously with California firm Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has added two partners, CHRISTOPHER MOORE and CHRISTINE WHITE, to its New Orleans office. Moore and White make the move from Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee, where they headed the firm's New Orleans office. The two litigators defend employers against a variety of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour claims.

JAMES KLAIBER has jumped from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy to Pryor Cashman's New York office. The patent litigation partner specializes in telecommunications, high technology, e-commerce, and health care.

Intellectual property partner BRIAN SIFF has moved from Dickstein Shapiro to Schiff Hardin in New York. Siff's practice covefrs a wide swath of IP law, including litigation, licensing, and prosecution. He also counsels clients on matters involving patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, and unfair competition law.

SNR Denton has expanded its global tax practice with the addition of three tax partners, DAVID HRYCK, JEFFREY KORENBLATT, and DAVID MASON, along with one of counsel, SHEILA GERAGHTY. The team, previously with DLA Piper, has extensive cross-border and corporate tax experience. Hryck takes on the role of U.S. head of international tax. Hryck, Mason, and Geraghty join the New York office; Korenblatt is in Washington, DC.

The Denver office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has hired of counsel SCOTT SWEENEY. His practice focuses on employment litigation, fidelity and surety litigation, and insurance bad faith law.

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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