The Churn

February 3, 2012 3:49 PM

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

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Davis Polk & Wardwell has bolstered its white-collar criminal defense practice with the hire of GREG ANDRES in New York from the Department of Justice.

Andres, who joins Davis Polk as a partner, has been a federal prosecutor for the past 13 years. He most recently served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division, where he oversaw the fraud and appellate sections. While in that post, Andres prosecuted ex–Credit Suisse broker Eric Butler, who was convicted in 2009 for his role in a $1 billion securities fraud scheme.

Earlier in his career, Andres served as chief of the criminal division for the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York.

K&L Gates has expanded into Italy by acquiring Marini Salsi Picciau Studio Legale in Milan. The firm adds three partners—GIAMPAOLO SALSI, PASQUALE MARINI, and ALBERTO PICCIAU—three associates, and three trainees in the process.

The new office is the firm's forty-first overall and its eighth in Europe. Sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer notes that the new office comes on the heels of a busy 2011 that saw K&L Gates's expand into Brussels, Doha, Qatar, Sao Paulo, and Charleston, South Carolina.

In other Churn news . . . 

Two London lawyers, TIM PEARCE and IAN MEADE, have jumped from Simmons & Simmons to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which they join as partners. The pair advise funds and fund managers on a range of deals and business issues.  

Greenberg Traurig has lost a partner in Chicago, DAVID NEWMAN, to Arnstein & Lehr. Newman, who makes the move with three associates, practices intellectual property law, focusing on matters related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Baker & Hostetler has added a partner in Costa Mesa, California, R. SCOTT FELDMANN. Previously with Crowell & Moring, Feldmann litigates intellectual property matters, particularly those related to software, computers, and the Internet.

CHRISTOPHER "CASEY" COOPER has taken his practice from Baker Botts in Washington, D.C., to Covington & Burling in London. A litigator, Cooper specializes in white-collar defense and international fraud and corruption investigations, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters.

Davis Wright Tremaine's Los Angeles office has expanded by four. Among the new arrivals: STEVEN POLARD, who jumps over from Perkins Coie. A bankruptcy and commercial litigator, Polard primarily represents secured creditors, including banks and special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities. Three real estate lawyers from DLA Piper have also joined the firm: MARK NELSON and TIFFANY SWITZER as partners, and NANCY CLAPP as of counsel. Nelson handles a range of real estate matters, particularly acquisitions, sales, development and finance matters. Switzer represents clients in real estate financing, and Clapp specializes in commercial real property.

DLA Piper, meanwhile, has added a trusts and estates partner in San Diego, S. ANDREW PHARIES, along with one associate, from Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. Pharies focuses on estate planning, trusts and estates administration, and taxation issues. DLA has also added a five-lawyer health care group in Miami from McDermott, Will & Emery. The goup includes partners JOSHUA KAYE and MICHAEL AUSTIN, of counsel ADAM ROGERS, and two associates. Kaye is a transactional health care attorney, and Austin a litigator.

In London, Edwards Wildman Palmer UK is growing its office with the addition of new partners GEOFF MENDELSOHN, CHRIS FINNEY, and MICHAEL MCCORMACK. Mendelsohn, who joins from Nabarro, represents technology and telecommunications companies in litigation. Finney, most recently head of the insurance regulation practice at Wragge & Company, advises life and general insurers and reinsurers on their regulatory obligations. McCormack, who is launching a tax practice out of Edwards Wildman's London office, joins from Salans. Edwards Wildman has also hired a partner for its restructuring and insolvency department in New York, STEVEN SMITH, who was previously counsel at Dechert.

Epstein Becker Green's New York office now counts WILLIAM BARRON as a partner. Barron, previously with Smith, Gambrell & Russell, has a practice covering business and commercial law, litigation, and arbitration in the U.S. and abroad.

THOMAS BROWN is now of counsel at Foley & Lardner in San Francisco. For the past 15 years, Brown worked as a deputy district attorney in Marin County, north of San Francisco. He joins Foley & Lardner's government enforcement, compliance, and white-collar defense practice group.

Two former Paul Hastings partners are now with Goodwin Procter in Los Angeles. TERRY GARNETT and VINCENT YIP both join as intellectual property partners with a focus on patent litigation and licensing matters, with an emphasis on the information technology industry.

Hodgson Russ now counts HEIDI SORVINO as a partner in New York. Sorvino, previously with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, works on complex bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, corporate restructurings, and related litigation.

BARRY THOMPSON has moved to Hogan Lovells from Reed Smith. Thompson, a partner in Los Angeles, litigates commercial, class action, and product liability cases, mostly related to the life sciences industry.

Holland & Knight has added two partners in South Florida, JESUS CUZA and INA MARIA BERLINGERI, from Greenberg Traurig. The pair, who will work in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, are complex commercial litigators who work in both English- and Spanish-speaking jurisdictions.

Jones Day has opened a new office in Dusseldorf by relocating partners ANSGAR REMPP, THOMAS MAHLICH, and JOHANNES ZOTTL from elsewhere in Germany. The office will focus on corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and antitrust and patent litigation. Jones Day first entered the German market 21 years ago and has other offices in Frankfurt and Munich.

King & Spalding has added DAVID BALSER and LAWRENCE SLOVENSKY as partners in Atlanta and ABRAHAM SHASHY, JR., as a partner in Washington, D.C. Balser and Slovensky, previously partners at McKenna Long & Aldridge, litigate consumer class action and complex business matters. Shasy rejoins the firm after serving as chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service and, most recently, heading Dewey & LeBoeuf's Washington, D.C., office. Shashy will head King & Spalding's global tax practice.

Debevoise & Plimpton loses white-collar partner W. NEIL EGGLESTON to Kirkland & Ellis. Eggleston, now a Kirkland partner in Washington, D.C., represents corporations and public figures against civil and criminal fraud-related allegations, in the areas of securities, health care, antitrust, and others. Earlier in his career, Eggleston spent several years in government positions, including as a lawyer in the White House under President Clinton.

Former Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lawyer DANIEL MOHAN is now with Morris, Manning & Martin in Atlanta. Mohan, who has worked at Morris Manning before, represents health care companies in corporate and regulatory matters. Health care lawyer WILLIAM BOLING has also joined Morris Manning as of counsel in Atlanta from Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's London office has expanded with the arrival of new corporate partner STEPHANIE BATES, previously cohead of Mayer Brown's capital markets group in London. Bates focuses her practice on representing issuers and underwriters in U.K. equity capital markets transactions and public company mergers and acquisitions.

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, set to merge next month with McKenna Long & Aldridge, lost two intellectual property litigation partners to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. CALLIE BJURSTROM and PETER HAHN's practices span such areas as international technology law, electronic gaming, consumer products and branding, IP portfolio management, and complex litigation.

Former Alston & Bird white-collar partner NELSON BOXER is leaving the large law firm trenches to join forces with two other lawyers and Petrillo Klein & Boxer. The name partners are all former assistant U.S. attorneys from the Southern District of New York, as well as former big-firm lawyers. Boxer will continue to focus on white-collar criminal defense, SEC representations, and commercial litigation.

Polsinelli Shughart has hired WESLEY HURST, who specializes in business litigation, construction, and real estate disputes, as a partner in Los Angeles. Hurst last worked at Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, which plans to disband under the weight of a $10 million malpractice verdict, sibling publication The Recorder reports. Many of the firm's partners have joined Greenberg Glusker; others are still looking for new firms.

The Washington, D.C., office of real estate firm Reno & Cavanaugh has grabbed two new members, CYNTHIA LANGELIER PAINE and GEORGE WEIDENFELLER, from Goulston & Storrs. The pair focus their practice on affordable housing and economic development.

Seward & Kissel has bulked up its New York office with the hires of RITA GLAVIN from the Department of Justice and MICHAEL CONSIDINE from Day Pitney. The pair, who both join as partners, are launching a government enforcement and internal investigations practice group for the firm. Glavin had previously served as acting assistant attorney general of the DOJ's criminal division since 2009, during which time she oversaw the investigation of billionare Allen Stanford. Earlier in his career, Considine was a federal prosecutor in New York.

The Frankfurt office of Sidley Austin will soon count MICHAEL BRUCK as counsel in the white-collar practice. Bruck, who will focus on compliance and investigations, is leaving a position as partner at German law firm Schalast & Partner. In addition to his practice, Bruck teaches civil, commercial, business, and tax law at the German Graduate School of Management and Law in Heilbronn, Germany.

Venable has hired PETER KOFFLER as a real estate partner in New York. Koffler, who joins from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, counsels clients on acquisitions, sales, financing, joint ventures, development, and leasing for a wide variety of property types.

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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