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April 17, 2012 6:13 PM

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

Posted by Irene Plagianos

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart is opening a New York City office with the addition of two partners, EDWARD CERASIA II and ANJANETTE CABRERA, and five associates from Seyfarth Shaw. Cerasia will serve as managing partner of the new office, the Atlanta-based labor and employment firm's forty-first. Both partners are labor and employment litigators.

 In other Churn news . . .

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has expanded its banking and financial services practice group with the hire of partners PATRICIA GORDON and JOLIE AMIE TENHOLDER. Gordon advises national and regional financial institutions on transactions, including loan origination and debt restructuring matters. Tenholder has focused on real estate and commercial loan transactions. The partners join Bradley Arant's Charlotte office with one associate and a staff attorney. The group previously worked at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.

MICHAEL J.T. MCMILLEN has joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle as a partner in the firm's international finance practice in New York. McMillen, who specializes in Islamic finance and investment, was formerly global head of Islamic finance at Fulbright & Jaworski.

Davis Polk & Wardwell has hired JONATHAN COOKLIN as a tax partner in the firm's London office. Cooklin advises companies and financial institutions on the tax aspects of a wide range of corporate transactions. He joins the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was head of the insurance tax group in London.

The Washington, D.C., office of Davis Wright Tremaine now counts CHARLES ENGLISH as a litigation partner. English concentrates on challenging and defending federal and state regulatory decisions affecting the food and beverage industry. He comes to the firm from Ober|Kaler.

Three partners, NEAL AIZENSTEIN, ANDREW WEIL, and MICHAEL LEGAMARO, have jumped to DLA Piper's Chicago office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Aizenstein and Weil join DLA's corporate and finance practice, while Legamaro joins the tax practice. The team represents a variety of large and midsize public and private companies, investment banking firms, and financial institutions.

The Minneapolis office of Hinshaw & Culbertson has hired partner ELLEN SILVERMAN as a partner in the firm's business litigation practice. Silverman manages and handles consumer financial services litigation for some of the largest financial institutions in the United States, including national banks and credit card companies. She previously worked at Faegre Baker Daniels.

K&L Gates has expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of partner JAN WEIR in Orange County, California. Weir's practice is primarily focused on the defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights across a broad spectrum of technologies and related business litigation in federal and state courts. Weir, along with three associates, comes to the firm from Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth.

SHAWN O'BRIEN has joined Mayer Brown as a partner in the firm's tax controversy practice in Houston. O'Brien represents clients in all types of civil and criminal tax controversies and in every kind of dispute resolution with taxing authorities at both the state and federal levels. He previously managed Jackson Walker's tax controversy practice group.

Intellectual property partner HARRY AHN has moved to McCarter & English in New York from Abelman, Frayne & Schwab. Before becoming a lawyer, Ahn was a systems engineer. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution, trademarks, and licensing.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has added two partners to its intellectual property group. Formerly of DLA Piper, ROBERT BENSON and CHRIS BRODERICK join Orrick's Los Angeles and Orange County offices, respectively. Benson represents clients in patent infringement, copyright infringement, and trade secret misappropriation cases involving a variety of technologies and products. Broderick focuses on litigation, representing plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, and unfair competition and trade secret actions.

KENNETH SULZER has jumped from Seyfarth Shaw, where he chaired the California labor and employment practice, to Proskauer Rose as a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office. Sulzer will cochair Proskauer's California labor and employment law group and its national class/collective action group.

PETER ZAMAN has joined Reed Smith in London as partner in the firm's energy and national resources group. He was the former head of Clifford Chance's environmental and climatic trading group. Zaman specializes in energy and commodity derivatives, structured products, and commodity risk mitigants.

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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