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March 23, 2012 4:58 PM

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

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Faegre Baker Daniels had a mini–growth spurt in Denver this month with the addition of renewable energy partner ROBERT ANDERSON from Foley & Lardner in San Francisco and corporate partners TRYGVE KJELLSEN, CHARLES BYBEE, and one associate from Lathrop & Gage in Denver. All four attorneys started at the firm March 12.

Anderson, who jumped to Foley in 2010 from Nixon Peabody, says the geographic move was appealing because it offered him the opportunity to lead Faegre's renewable energy group. His practice focuses on finance and project development matters involving both traditional power and renewable energy projects.

Kjellsen and Bybee are more traditional corporate lawyers. Kjellsen, a native of Norway, counsels many clients on an international level, including Molson Coors.

Less than three months after being created through a merger of Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels, Faegre Baker Daniels has added five attorneys and made 20 new hires all told, says Thomas Froehle, the firm's chief operating partner. "We've gotten a real positive response, really in every geography," Froehle says, adding that firm leaders are focused on expanding in Chicago, Colorado, and Washington.

In other Churn news . . .

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has added JERRY REDMOND, JR., as a shareholder in Houston. Previously with Conner & Winters, Redmond concentrates on labor and employment, immigration, federal and state regulatory matters, and general civil litigation defense.

Denver lawyer JEFFREY COHEN has jumped from Patton Boggs to Ballard Spahr, which he joins as a partner. Cohen's practice focuses on commercial and financial disputes, with an emphasis on municipal debt restructuring.

Longtime federal prosecutor GREGORY MARSHALL is now a white-collar criminal defense partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Washington, D.C. Marshall spent 12 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in D.C., including runs as deputy chief of its federal court criminal division, acting chief of the asset forfeiture unit, and senior litigation counsel.

The newest addition to Haynes and Boone's Silicon Valley office is JUSTIN WHITE. Now of counsel, White previously worked as a senior associate at Beyer Law Group. White prepares and prosecutes patent applications related to mechanical, electrical, and software technologies.

Holland & Knight has grabbed two new partners: KENNETH LOWENSTEIN in New York and CHRISTINE ALBRIGHT in Chicago. Lowenstein is a real estate lawyer focused on zoning and tax incentives work. Albright represents closely held businesses and high-net-worth individuals and families in trust and estate planning, succession planning, and tax counseling.

A pair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partners, MIRIAM FISHER and BRIAN MCMANUS, have joined Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. Partners in Latham's tax department, Fisher and McManus specialize in both civil and criminal federal tax controversy and litigation work.

Labor and employment specialist GERALD HATHAWAY has left Littler Mendelson for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. A partner in New York, Hathaway advises corporations in a range of industries on labor and employment issues related to transactions and financial restructuring.

Perkins Coie is further expanding its Chicago office with the hire of MICHAEL OWEN from K&L Gates. Owen focuses on debt financing and restructuring transactions for banks, other financial institutions, private equity funds, and both public and private companies.

In Tokyo, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has hired HIDEKI AKIYAMA as a partner. Previously with Atsumi & Sakai, Akiyama represents clients on corporate, merger and acquisition, reorganization, compliance, labor and employment, litigation, and dispute resolution matters.

ALAN WOLPER has lateraled from Locke Lord to Ulmer & Berne, which he joins as a partner in Chicago. Wolper represents clients in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Earlier in his career, he spent a decade with FINRA predecessor the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Venable's Baltimore office has gained PETER O'MALLEY, former chief of staff to Baltimore's mayor, as of counsel focused on government relations. O'Malley's history in government also includes three years as chief of staff to a Baltimore county executive, time as chair of the Maryland Democractic Party, and work on two elections of his brother, Martin O'Malley, to the position of Maryland governor. Venable has also hired LEONARD GORDON, the Federal Trade Commission's Northeast regional director, as a partner in its advertising and marketing and antitrust practices, based in New York.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher's London office now counts PETER BURRELL as a partner. Previously head of Herbert Smith's investigations and corporate crimes practice, Burrell specializes in issues related to the new U.K. Bribery Act. He also assists clients on regulatory matters and internal investigations related to investigations brought by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office; HM Revenue & Customs; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; and the Financial Services Authority.

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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