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March 10, 2009 11:44 PM

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

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Arent Fox has brought on two new partners, one on each coast. Maurice Bellan joins the litigation department in Washington. Previously with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights division and more recently a partner at Saul Ewing, Bellan has handled litigation involving trademark infringement, construction design, whistle-blower actions, and contract and employment claims. On the other side of the country, the firm bulked up its Los Angeles health care practice with new partner Thomas Jeffry Jr., who'll advise on compliance programs, health care fraud, M&A, and health privacy. Jeffry most recently was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine.

After announcing layoffs last month, Bryan Cave is adding new talent to its London office. Restructuring counsel Ian Williams joins from Geldards, where he led the firm's insolvency group.

Butzel Long has hired corporate attorney and former Thelen partner Richard Green, who will be resident in the firm's New York office. Green will advise clients in the infrastructure sector, from public utilities to engineering and infrastructure-oriented services firms, as well as advising on M&A, private and public debt, equity financings, and strategic alliances, among other matters.

Chadbourne & Parke confirmed some layoffs on Tuesday, while it announced the addition of New York IP counsel in Charles Fish, formerly vice president and chief patent counsel for Time Warner Inc. He's handled patent matters involving the digital TV, consumer electronics, publishing and telecommunications industries, Before joining Time Warner, he was vice president, and sector IP law director for Motorola's Broadband Communications.

Former Texas state district judge Len Wade has joined the Fort Worth office of Kelly Hart & Hallman as a partner in the firm's litigation and appellate practice. Wade was first elected as a district court judge in 2002; he also had served as a municipal judge for for the city of Richland Hills, Texas.

Nixon Peabody's New York office has welcomed Edward O'Callaghan as a partner in its white-collar practice. O'Callaghan, a senior adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign, is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he was cochief of the Terrorism & National Security Unit.

Patton Boggs has hired Frank Wisner as a partner in the firm's Washington,D.C., and New York City offices. Wisner, a former ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines and India, will advise clients on matters of international law, policy, and business. He joined the foreign service four decades ago and also has worked as a senior diplomat in Tunisia and Bangladesh. Wisner was most recently the vice chairman of external affairs at American International Group, Inc.

Quarles & Brady's newest Chicago-based IP partner, Richard Young, will counsel clients and litigate patent, trademark and copyright matters for firm clients. For the last 20 years he practiced at Gardner Carton & Douglas, now Drinker Biddle & Reath, in Chicago; he served as chair of the firm's IP group for eight years.

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has added outsourcing partner Nicholas Butler to its corporate practice; Butler will be resident in the New York City office. Prior to joining the firm, he was with EquaTerra Inc. as a lead commercial adviser and negotiator for all outsourcing transactions in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has hired Robert Green, an international tax partner who joins the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Green, previously at Caplin & Drysdale, will lead the firm's transfer pricing and competent authority practices worldwide. He also had worked at the Internal Revenue Service, handling cross-border tax issues and treaties.

Steptoe & Johnson former partner Stewart Baker has returned to the firm after serving as the Department of Homeland Security's first assistant secretary for policy. In that capacity, Baker tackled cybersecurity and foreign investment issues, as well as transportation and customs matters. He also had served as general counsel of the National Security Agency. At Steptoe, Baker will advise clients on matters involving national security, border protection, cross-border movement of goods, technology, financial assets, personnel, and e-commerce.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has hired former William Morris agent Jeff Shumway as a partner in its Los Angeles office. Shumway was at William Morris for two years; prior to his work at the agency, he advised clients at International Creative Management for a decade. He also had been a transactional entertainment partner with Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman. At Stroock, Shumway will handle film financing transactions and advise foreign governments in securing film production financing.

In other entertainment law news, Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon has brought on attorney and former entertainment industry producer and executive David Ginsburg as of counsel in its media and entertainment practice. Ginsburg, executive director of UCLA School of Law's Entertainment and Media Law and Policy Program, teaches entertainment law, research, and writing. Ginsburg also had practiced at Sidley Austin, where he helped form the entertainment department.

--Compiled by Rachel Breitman

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