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June 16, 2009 4:17 PM

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

Posted by Rachel Breitman

It has been a particularly busy week at the ever-growing Greenberg Traurig. After growing in Nevada last month, the firm added Paul Maher, the former co-vice-chairman of Mayer Brown, to launch and chair its London office, which will be called Greenberg Traurig Maher. Fiona Adams and Cate Sharp, two other former Mayer Brown partners, will also join the London office. Meanwhile, Rose La Femina will be a new partner in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office. She previously handled wills, trusts, and estates as a partner with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. And in New York, the firm added health care partner Matthew Fenster,  previously special counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. 

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is expanding its San Francisco office with new American Indian law and policy partner Patrick Marshall. At Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Marshall was a coleader of the Indian law practice, and had previously been managing partner of the San Francisco office and coleader of the firm's national litigation practice. He advises Native American tribes and the major financial institutions, energy companies, and real estate organizations they do business with.

Day Pitney has hired new Boston commercial litigation partner William Rogers from Greenberg Traurig. He represents manufacturing, technology, and financial services companies.

K&L Gates added Dr. Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann as a partner in its Berlin office, along with three associates, all from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The team will handle public procurements and public private partnerships, as well as antitrust, state aid, and trade.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo brought on Sallye Clark as a communications partner in its Washington, D.C., office.  Previously a partner with Arent Fox, she advised satellite operators and integrators on international market access, landing rights, and orbital-slot acquisition.

Much Shelist is building up its construction law practice with the addition of new Chicago special counsel Scott Smith. For the last decade he worked at D'Ancona & Pflaum, which merged with the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw in 2003. He had previously been a structural engineer at Consoer Townsend Envirodyne Engineers (now known as AECOM USA Inc.). He'll handle design and construction defect disputes and mechanics liens. The firm also added three new health care attorneys: new principal Kevin Ryan, from Epstein, Becker & Green, and special counsel Abraham Stern and Frances Meehan, from Reed Smith.

Polsinelli Shughart is also growing in Chicago. The firm added new partner Anthony Porcelli from Jenner & Block. He will handle business litigation, creditors' rights, loan enforcement, and bankruptcy matters. 

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold brought on insurance attorneys Vanessa Wells and Victoria Brown as partner and special counsel, respectively, in San Francisco. Both joined DLA Piper's Palo Alto office just a year ago from Heller Ehrman. Wells works on litigation involving insurance pricing matters, regulation, and unfair practices. Brown represents insurers in breach of contract, unfair competition, and other business conduct claims.

Finally, Winstead added three new attorneys from Bracewell & Giuliani to its San Antonio office: shareholder Frank Ruttenberg, of counsel Elizabeth Breazeale, and associate D. Farr Nolen. All will work in the real estate development and investment practice.

The Churn is compiled from law firm news releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this.

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