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April 12, 2012 4:35 PM

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

Posted by Claire Zillman

Akerman Senterfitt has gained a partner in RICHARD SHARPSTEIN, who comes to the firm from Jorden Burt. Sharpstein has spent more than 35 years working in civil and criminal litigation, in both federal and state court. He will practice in Akerman's litigation group in Miami. 

Former federal prosecutors LAWRENCE FINDER and RYAN MCCONNELL, who previously practiced at Haynes and Boone, have joined Baker & McKenzie as partners in Houston. They will concentrate on FCPA issues, internal investigations, and white-collar criminal matters as members of Baker's global corporate compliance group.

ROBERT NICHOLS is the new cochair of Covington & Burling's government contracts practice. Nichols, who has spent the past 12 years as a private practitioner in the government contracts field, will work on regulatory and litigation matters involving government procurement related to defense and aerospace, large-scale construction, and internal development. 

MASOOD SOHAILI has lateraled from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to DLA Piper. Sohaili will join the firm's private equity and venture capital markets group in Los Angeles, representing private equity, hedge funds, and financial institutions in corporate transactions and financing matters. 

BRYAN BENNETT, the former assistant general counsel at Epocrates, Inc., an electronic health records system provider, is now special counsel at Duane Morris. He will practice in the firm's health law group in Philadelphia.

After seven years as principal in-house legal adviser for trade compliance at Thales USA, Inc., an aerospace and defense company, JOHN PISA-RELLI is joining Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He will be special counsel in the firm's international trade and investment and aerospace and defense practices in Washington, D.C. 

A pair of capital finance and real estate partners have joined Hunton & Williams in New York. CARL SCHWARTZ and LAURIE GRASSO left Herrick, Feinstein for their new firm, where Schwartz will chair the New York real estate group. 

McDermott Will & Emery has snagged BERNARD GRONDIN from Greenberg Traurig. He will serve as a partner in McDermott's health industry advisory group in Miami.

O'Melveny & Myers has a new counsel in New York: ROSS GALIN will be a member in the firm's health care and life sciences practice, as well as its white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice. He comes from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he was counsel. 

The Dallas office of Patton Boggs has brought onboard intellectual property partners ROBERT HILTON and ROBERT JOHNSTON III from SNR Denton, as well as two IP associates. Hilton and Johnston have experience with patent prosecution issues common to medical devices, including surgical, orthopedic, and therapeutic devices.  

Two Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partners, including the cochair of its health care and life sciences team, have left for Paul Hastings's Atlanta office. PHILLIP STREET, the practice cochair, and CRAIG SMITH will work on their new firm's health care and life sciences team. 

KAROL DENNISTON has jumped to Schiff Hardin from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Denniston joined Brownstein less than two years ago from DLA Piper, according to our prior reporting. At Schiff she will be a partner in the firm's restructuring, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights group.

Thompson Hine has a new partner in KAREN KOZLOWSKI, who will work out of New York in the firm's real estate practice. She was formerly at Sullivan & Worcester. 

A ten-year veteran of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, KELLY HERMAN has moved to Venable as counsel in the firm's international trade practice in Washington, D.C. At the customs agency, Herman oversaw customs and trade policy formulation, administration, and trade negotiations.  

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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