The Churn

March 26, 2009 3:27 PM

THE CHURN: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Posted by Ed Shanahan

Brown Rudnick's new U.K. corporate securities partner Adam Penny has worked in corporate finance for more than fifteen years. Seven of those years were spent in investment banking at Credit Suisse, where Penny was the director of the London M&A group and handled cross-border deals in Europe, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. He previously was a senior solicitor in the corporate practice at Ashurst.

Day Pitney has added veteran energy partner Michael Stosser. He previously worked at Ardour Capital Investments, where he was general counsel and senior vice president in banking. For the last 30 years, he has worked on matters involving project development and finance, state and federal regulatory matters and legislation involving natural gas, oil and renewable and alternative energy and clean tech. Stosser was also previously cochair of the energy practice at Heller Ehrman and founding managing partner of Heller's Washington, D.C., office.

Dickstein Shapiro is also pulling from in-house corporate talent, adding Irving Yoskowitz, previously executive vice president and general counsel at Constellation Energy. He'll be senior counsel in the energy practice, counselling clients in the energy industry on joint ventures, acquisitions, and divestitures. Prior to joining Constellation in 2005, he was one of the cofounders of investment banking and consulting firm Global Technology Partners.  After leaving  Constellation in October, he returned to GTC for a brief stint.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired Dan Mummery as a Palo Alto-based partner, fresh from Latham & Watkins's Silicon Valley office. Mummery will handle complex outsourcing and corporate technology transactions at Gibson. He has advised technology companies on outsourcing, complex licensing, and software and systems implementations, among other matters. Mummery previously was a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Clay James, formerly chief litigation counsel at Sun Microsystems, Inc., has joined Hogan & Hartson as a partner in the intellectual property and litigation practice groups. James will be resident in the firm’s Denver office; he will focus on complex litigation and regulatory disputes, including patent and intellectual property, antitrust, False Claims Act and other regulatory litigation, internal investigations, and commercial litigation matters. At Sun, James managed the company’s intellectual property, commercial, antitrust, securities, and regulatory litigation on a worldwide basis. He also conducted major internal investigations and was responsible for development of Sun's compliance and corporate governance activities related to litigation. 

Littler Mendelson has two new partners joining the firm, both from Philadelphia’s soon-to-dissolve WolfBlock. Warren E. Fusfeld and Melissa B. Kurtzman both will be resident in Littler’s Philadelphia office. Fusfeld advises clients in finance, insurance, homebuilding, and gaming, among other areas. He focuses on all levels of ERISA and non-ERISA employee plan design, drafting and implementation. Kurtzman concentrates on employee benefits and taxation matters, advising clients on tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, cash balance pension plans, and other defined benefit plans.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker has brought on New York partner Doug Koff, formerly of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and counsel Sean Haran, previously with the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York. Both new hires will focus on securities and corporate litigation, complex business litigation, and government and internal investigations.

Seyfarth Shaw
has added a team of five trusts and estates attorneys from Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. The group, led by partner Alan Yoshitake, is resident in the firm's Los Angeles-based business service group. Yoshitake is joined by Mark Hansen and Edward McCaffery, both of counsel, and two associates.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has hired Mike Sharp as a partner in the firm's securities practice. Sharp most recently was general counsel for Global Wealth Management, Consumer Banking, and Global Cards at Citigroup, overseeing legal matters for many of Citi's global businesses. He joins the firm's New York office.

Life sciences patent attorney Dr. David Levy has joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice as a partner in the firm's Research Triangle Park office. Levy has extensive experience in all phases of the Life Sciences Patent process; he was responsible for launching the U.S. patent group at pharmaceutical company GlaxoWellcome, Inc., a predecessor company to GlaxoSmithKline. At Glaxo, he had worked as vice president and patent counsel for 15 years. He also worked as a patent counsel with Johnson & Johnson. At Womble Carlyle, Levy will focus his practice on strategic counseling in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech patent matters.

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