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April 20, 2012 5:17 PM

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

Posted by Irene Plagianos

Baker Botts has expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of IP litigation partner HOPKINS GUY in Palo Alto. Guy focuses on patent, trade secret, and commercial contract litigation involving Web-based telecommunications, electronics, and computer technologies. He was previously with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

ERIC WALTERS has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as an intellectual property partner in San Francisco. Walters specializes in high-stakes IP litigation. He comes to the firm from Morrison & Foerster.

DLA Piper has hired ROBERT CALDWELL as a partner in its Hong Kong and Greater China finance and projects team. Caldwell represents financial institutions in project and structured finance transactions in the Asia Pacific Region. He was previously at King & Wood.

DOMINIC O'BRIEN has jumped to Jones Day's London office from Addleshaw Goddard. The banking and finance partner advises on U.K. and cross-border corporate and event-driven financings, with a focus on leveraged finance, Islamic finance, and project financings in the energy and power sector.

The Portland, Oregon, office of K&L Gates now counts DORI GILBERT as a partner in its labor and employment practice. Gilbert rejoins the firm from the communications agency Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, where she served as vice president of legal and business affairs. She advises on employee wage and benefits, corporate ethics and compliance, risk management programs, trademark and copyright law, and licensing agreements.

Two partners, DAVID WEINER and JUDITH WETHALL, have moved to Littler Mendelson's employee benefits and executive compensation practice from Seyfarth Shaw, along with one associate. Weiner and Wethall concentrate on retirement benefits, health and welfare benefits, and executive compensation.

JOEL CARTEE has joined Locke Lord as a corporate and transactional partner in Atlanta. Cartee handles complex global transactions in the telecommunications and technology arenas. He comes to the firm from Seyfarth Shaw, where he was the chair of the corporate and finance department in Atlanta.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired KRISTIAN WERLING as a partner in its corporate advisory practice group. Werling's practice focuses on life sciences transactional work; he advises medical technology manufacturers and biotech companies, as well as private equity funds engaged in such businesses, on their transactional and regulatory matters. He was previously the life sciences chair at McGuireWoods.

The Washington, D.C., office of O'Melveny & Myers has added GREGORY JACOB as a partner in its financial services practice group. Jacob, a onetime Labor Department solicitor of labor in the administration of President George W. Bush, specializes in ERISA and employment matters. He was formerly a partner at Winston & Strawn.

ROBERT STEFANSKI has moved to Reed Smith's Silicon Valley office as a partner in the firm's corporate and securities group. Stefanski has served as general counsel and corporate executive at a variety of tech companies, including, recently, as director of public mobile software company Zi Corporation.

ELIZABETH WATSON has jumped to Seyfarth Shaw as a partner in Los Angeles from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Watson represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law; her clients include those in education, finance, entertainment, and rental car industries.

Sidley Austin has expanded its tax practice in San Francisco. GARY KAPLAN joins as a partner from Arnold & Porter, along with counsel WILLIAM NEEDLE. Kaplan focuses on international tax and business transactions. Needle handles a broad-based tax practice involving all aspects of federal taxation.

GARLAND STEPHENS has rejoined Weil, Gotshal & Manges as a partner in the Houston patent litigation practice. Stephens, who was a Weil partner from 2000 to 2008, returns to the firm from Fish & Richardson, where he was managing partner of that firm's Houston office. His practice focuses on patent and trade secret cases in the technology sector.

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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