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March 30, 2012 4:44 PM

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

Posted by Victor Li

Securities and Exchange Commission attorney ANDREW MICHAELSON, who served as a special prosecutor investigating Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, will rejoin Boies, Schiller & Flexner as a white-collar defense and civil litigation partner.

Michaelson, 36, first joined Boies Schiller in 2003 as an associate and left for the SEC in 2007. As an SEC lawyer, Michaelson was credited with uncovering one of the key pieces of evidence used against the billionaire, who was convicted last year of multiple counts of conspiracy and securities fraud, and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Assigned to the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office during the Rajaratnam case, Michaelson contributed to the prosecution's efforts by, among other things, interviewing and cross-examining witnesses. 

Boies Schiller managing partner Donald Flexner said in a statement that he was pleased to welcome Michaelson back to the firm. "The leadership of this firm strongly believes that government experience enhances a lawyer’s ability to counsel and defend his or her clients. Most important is the fact that public service is its own reward for those who choose it," said Flexner.

In other Churn news . . .

Intellectual property litigator KAMLEH NICOLA is the latest addition to Baker & McKenzie's Toronto office. Nicola, formerly a partner at Torys, practices patent and trademark litigation, with a special emphasis on pharmaceutical cases.

Chadbourne & Parke has augmented its project finance practice by signing up PRZEMYSLAW KALEK for the firm's Warsaw office. The former Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak partner focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, and has represented numerous energy companies before the Polish regulatory authority and Polish supreme court.

Crowell & Moring has expanded its antitrust capabilities by bringing JOHN GIBSON aboard as a partner in the firm's Orange County office. The arrival of Gibson, who was formerly at Winston & Strawn, comes as Crowell seeks to expand its litigation practice in California. He has worked on numerous class action, antitrust, and unfair competition engagements, and his practice includes postjudgment "rescue missions."

Dinsmore & Shohl is adding to its growing Washington, D.C., office by bringing in regulatory attorney REED RUBINSTEIN as a partner. Most recently, Rubinstein served as senior counsel and regulatory committee executive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he focused on environmental, technological, and regulatory affairs. He was previously a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig.

HARRY SILVER has joined Duane Morris as special counsel in the firm's health law group. The Washington, D.C.–based Silver, who has practiced health care law and litigation for more than three decades, was previously at Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.

Dykema has hired ROSS ALTMAN to be the firm's new construction law practice leader. Altman, who will be based in Chicago, arrives from DLA Piper, where he served as construction law practice cochair. Altman's practice focuses on issues related to design and engineering, procurement, financing, and construction. He also represents owners, contractors, designers, lenders, and others in contractual disputes and negotiations.

Labor and employment attorney BETH SCHROEDER has left Silver & Freedman to join Lathrop & Gage. Schroeder, who will work out of her new firm's Los Angeles office, specializes in representing restaurants and associated entities on workplace-related issues, including wage-and-hour, discrimination, wrongful termination, and harassment claims. Lathrop has also hired of counsel ALLISON MESHEKOW HOLTZMAN and LAUREN KATUNICH of Silver & Freedman and Ervin Cohen & Jessup, respectively.

McDermott Will & Emery continues to build up its Silicon Valley presence, with IP litigator FABIO MARINO moving over from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Marino, who brings with him counsel JUDITH S.H. HOM and two associates, specializes in patent infringement cases in the area of computer science. He joins a pair of other recent additions to the office: IP litigators S. Michael Song, who joined the firm two weeks ago from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Bhanu Sadasivan, who came from Covington & Burling last month.

Morrison & Foerster announced that it has snagged DAVID SLOTKIN. Formerly of Hogan Lovells, Slotkin will be a corporate partner in MoFo's Washington, D.C., office. Slotkin represents public and private companies on various types of corporate and securities transactions, and has expertise with real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Perkins Coie has landed two corporate trusts partners from Pryor Cashman: RONALD SARUBBI and TINA MOSS. Both will join Perkins Coie's New York office, and Sarubbi will lead the firm's corporate trusts practice. 

Schiff Hardin has increased its cross-border transaction capabilities by recruiting PHILIPPE MANTEAU as a partner in its New York office. Formerly at Watson, Farley & Williams, Manteau represents French companies, as well as other international institutions, on their U.S. investments, cross-border transactions, and litigation.

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 thechurn@alm.com.

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