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April 10, 2012 5:09 PM

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

Posted by Claire Zillman

Dechert entered the legal market in Almaty, Kazakhstan, by hiring 11 attorneys from Chadbourne & Parke, according to The Legal Intelligencer, a sibling publication.

The group's client list includes Exxon Mobil, Shell, China National Petroleum Corp., and ConocoPhillips and will concentrate on transactional work. The team is led by partner KENNETH MACK, whose corporate practice focuses on energy and natural resources, telecommunications, capital markets, and bank and project financing throughout Central Asia and Russia. Partners VICTOR MOKROUSOV, SERGEI VATAEV, and MUKHIT YELEUOV will work alongside Mack in Almaty.

In other Churn news...

Nashville attorney R. SLADE SEVIER left Bass, Berry & Sims for Adams and Reese. He will work in the firm's construction and real estate litigation practice as special counsel.

BRETTE SIMON is the latest partner to join Bryan Cave's Los Angeles office. Simon will practice in the firm's transactions client service group, advising on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital and private equity investments, and general corporate matters. She was formerly a partner at Jones Day.

BRIAN O'SULLIVAN is now counsel in the insurance and reinsurance group at Crowell & Moring. O'Sullivan joins the firm from Mayer Brown. 

Three partners joined Fox Rothschild in New York. TIM MANDELBAUM, MICHAEL REINERT, and MONIKA TASHMAN will practice in the firm's entertainment group. Mandelbaum previously had his own practice and served as head of business and legal affairs at EMI Records. Reinert moves to Fox Rothschild from his post as executive vice president of business and legal affairs at the Universal Motown Republic Group of UMG Recordings, Inc. Tashman was a partner at Hiscock & Barclay. 

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy established a presence in Atlanta with the addition of immigration lawyers from Berry Appleman & Leiden. In total, the firm will gain 16 partners and 64 paralegals and staff from Berry Appleman, including Atlanta office leaders DARYL BUFFENSTEINDEBORAH MARLOWE, and KYLE SHERMAN. Partners BO COOPER and DANIEL BROWN will join Fragomen in Washington, D.C. 

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher added Los Angeles employment partner CATHERINE CONWAY from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. At Gibson, Conway will continue to advise clients on employment law, particularly wage and hour class actions.

In Silicon Valley, Greenberg Traurig gained a partner in its corporate and securities practice with the addition of DANIEL GREEN, formerly of Goodwin Procter. Green will continue to work on major transactions, such as venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, for public and private companies. 

The managing partners of Nicolosi & Associates left the firm for Hinshaw & CulbertsonPAUL NICOLOSI and GINO GALLUZZO will jump to Hinshaw and split their time between the firm's Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, offices. Partner GREGORY COX is accompanying the pair in the move. 

DAVID STANDER is leaving the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice for Hunton & Williams, where he'll serve as counsel in the firm's commercial litigation practice in Washington, D.C. Stander has more than 30 years of experience handling RICO criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. 

The business and tort litigation practice of Jones Day has a new member. Former Reed Smith partner JEFFREY BRESCH is joining the group in Pittsburgh and will handle energy, IP/trade secrets, and general commercial cases. 

The newest partner at Kaye Scholer is private equity lawyer NIPING WU, who will work for the firm in Shanghai. Wu was most recently at Debevoise & Plimpton, where she led the Shanghai office.

Kilpatrick Townsend has two new counsel: JOHN BRICKER is joining the firm's real estate finance and capital markets team in New York from Crowell & Moring, and CHRISTIAN NICHOLES, formerly of Hickman, Palermo, Truong & Becker, will work for the firm's electronics and software team in Silicon Valley.

White-collar and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act lawyer WILLIAM STUCKWISCH left the criminal division of the Justice Department, where he was assistant chief in the FCPA unit of the fraud section. He is now a member of the partnership at Kirkland & Ellis and will be stationed in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. 

Mayer Brown's D.C. office now counts TOM ELDERT as a partner. Eldert, who was formerly at Morrison & Foerster, is experienced at handling project finance transactions in emerging markets like Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, and Turkey. He'll join Mayer Brown's project group and banking and finance practice.

McGuireWood's energy and environmental group in Washington, D.C., has a new partner in DAVID CONNELLY, who previously held the post of senior counsel at Dominion Resources Services Inc., in D.C., where he represented the company's electric transmission business before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and various U.S. appellate courts.  

McGuire also hired CHRISTINA EGAN as a partner in its government, regulatory, and criminal investigations department in Chicago. An assistant U.S. attorney for ten years, Egan tried 20 cases, including those involving racketeering, public corruption, fraud, and narcotics trafficking.

A trio of lawyers joined Morrison & Foerster's derivatives and structured products group as counsel. LARRY ABRAMS, former senior vice president and senior counsel at The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC; BRADLEY BERMAN, former counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell; and JAMES SCHWARTZ, previously an executive at UBS Investment Bank, will work in the firm's New York hub.

Counsel JESSE HINEY is heading to Nixon Peabody's energy and environmental group in Jericho, New York, from Paul Hastings, where he was an associate. 

Boston trial lawyer PETER BROOKS will now practice in Saul Ewing's litigation and real estate and construction practices. He is a former partner of Seyfarth Shaw.

Two labor and employment partners jumped from Sidley Austin to Seyfarth Shaw. CLIFF FONSTEIN and NICHOLAS DE BAUN, who specialize in advising financial services clients and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration, will work out of Seyfarth's New York office. 

Lathrop & Gage lost partners PATRICK KENNY and STEVEN MCCARTAN in Kansas City, Missouri, and partner MICHAEL ZITO in Washington, D.C., to Shook, Hardy & Bacon, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. (The partner defection in D.C. leaves Lathop without any lawyers in the nation's capital.) The trio focuses on debt collection for corporate clients such as Yellowbook, Wells Fargo, and AIG. 

Shook also added Kansas City tort, product liability, and labor and employment lawyer KORIAMBANYA CAREW as its director of strategic diversity initiatives. She previously worked at Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, where she was a member of the firm's diversity committee. 

Estate planning veteran and former Graham & Dunn shareholder WENDY GOFFE is the newest partner in Stoel Rives's Seattle office. Goffe will be a member in Stoel's estate planning practice and will advise clients on matters such as probate and trust administration, estate and gift taxation, charitable giving, nonprofit trusts and corporations, and family-owned business succession. 

After 34 years of government service, including 19 years with the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, STEPHEN MEYER is headed to Sullivan & Cromwell's financial institutions group as special counsel. From 2005 until this year, Meyer served as assistant general counsel of enforcement at the Federal Reserve. 

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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