The Churn

June 30, 2009 3:30 PM

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

Posted by Vivian Yee

After taking three partners and seven associates from Clifford Chance earlier this month, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has brought Clifford Chance partner George Schieren to its New York office. He will focus on securities litigation and regulatory enforcement. Schieren is a former general counsel of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and a former Securities and Exchange Commission official.

K&L Gates has hired John Chandler, who joins the firm as a partner in the London office and whose practice will cover waste management projects as well as private finance initiatives and public-private partnership schemes. Chandler previously worked at DLA Piper.

Bank regulatory partner Robin Maxwell, formerly of Goodwin Procter, is joining Linklaters's New York office as part of its financial regulation group. She will represent investment and commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Littler Mendelson has added a new partner to it's Newark office--Jedd Mendelson (no relation to name partner Arthur Mendelson!) joins the firm from Fox Rothschild. Mendelson focuses on complex labor and employment law litigation, and advises clients on labor, employment, and benefits issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions and other ventures.

Kenneth B. Julian has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a litigation partner in the firm’s national trial practice. He will be based in Manatt’s Orange County office.  Prior to joining Manatt, Julian was a federal prosecutor for more than 11 years, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney, deputy chief, in the central district of California.

Yahoo! Inc.'s senior legal director of commercial litigation, Michele Floyd, has jumped to the Palo Alto office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. As in-house counsel for Yahoo!, Floyd managed commercial litigation including trade secret, class action, defamation, and libel matters. She joins as a member.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is bringing Bruce Bettigole to its litigation practice group as a partner. Bettigole, who will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, will focus on securities enforcement and regulatory matters, providing counsel on accounting fraud, insider trading, and stock manipulation, among other issues. Before the move, Bettigole was a partner at Mayer Brown and previously worked at the SEC and as a U.S. attorney.

In yet another multipartner acquisition, four partners are joining Virtual Law Partners’s commercial lending and intellectual property practices. David Lawson, who comes from Troutman Sanders, specializes in representing financial institutions in financing transactions; he will chair the commercial lending practice. Former vice president of Strategic Patent Group Janyce Mitchell will focus on intellectual property law, especially patent prosecution. A former assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular biology at the University of California, San Diego, David Roise will specialize in patent law; he comes from Ropes & Gray, where he was an associate. The final partner to join is Stephen Sullivan, the former president of Strategic Patent Group, who will focus on patent prosecution for technology companies, specializing in software.

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

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It's nice to hear about additions to law firms, rather than firings, even if most of the moves are laterals and not "new hires".

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