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July 14, 2009 5:56 PM

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

Posted by Claire Zillman

Anderson Kill & Olick has nabbed three insurance recovery lawyers. Litigator Arnold Barba, previously at Brown Winfield Canzoneri Abram, will focus on commercial and real estate litigation in the firm’s Ventura, California, office. Jeff Coyner will join Barba in the Ventura office, and Matthew Baskir, formerly of Lepon, Holzworth, Kato, will work in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Baker & McKenzie has expanded its Abu Dhabi office with the addition of corporate partners Tom Thraya and James Reed, who have relocated from the firm’s Chicago and London offices, respectively. Thraya works with Persian Gulf companies in corporate and joint venture matters. In Abu Dhabi, Reed will continue his work in the firm’s corporate and energy, mining, and infrastructure practices.

Duane Morris has added to its roster in Boca Raton by naming Charles Shields, Jr., as special counsel. Shields will work in the estates and asset planning practice group, with an emphasis on estate planning strategies that minimize taxes and business succession planning.

Dykema has landed former K&L Gates partner Brian Forbes as the newest addition to its real estate practice group. Forbes focuses on finance and real estate law. At Dykema, he will work on general transactions and financings for corporate and real estate clients.

Former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia V. Manuel Rocha has signed on as a special adviser on international business at Foley & Lardner. Rocha will work in the government and public policy practice in the firm’s Miami office. After retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service, he was a senior counselor for international trade and government affairs at Steel Hector & Davis in Miami.

Fulbright and Jaworski welcomes estate planning expert Stephanie Heilborn as a partner in its New York office. Heilborn will focus specifically on complex tax planning strategies and international tax and estate planning.

Hogan & Hartson's affiliated office in Hong Kong has completed the localization process and is officially practicing Hong Kong law under the Hogan & Hartson name. With the addition of the Hong Kong office, Hogan has restructured the management of its greater China practice. Jun Wei and Steven Robinson,  named co-managing partners of the practice, will coordinate and direct strategic planning and practice development. Additionally, Gordon Ng has signed on as managing partner in Hong Kong; Roger Peng in Beijing; and Arthur Mok in Shanghai. Man Chiu Lee will serve as administrative partner in Hong Kong. 

KamberEdelson has recruited former Florida assistant attorney general William Haselden to start the firm’s Tallahassee office. At the Florida attorney general’s office, Haselden worked on investigations involving the mobile content industry and developed a disclosure model for all mobile content advertisers. Evan Meyers will also join as senior counsel in the firm's Chicago office.

Katten Muchin Rosenman has snatched two litigation and dispute resolution partners from Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Douglas Rovens and Steven Lamb will join Katten in Los Angeles. Rovens specializes in commercial, intellectual property, antitrust, and environmental litigation issues. Lamb will focus on financial, intellectual property, real property, and environmental litigation.

Two former DLA Piper attorneys have jumped over to K&L Gates’s New York office. Dianne Penchina will lead the real estate/real estate finance practice, while Koren Blair will work with clients in debt and equity transactions.

Miller Canfield has added senior counsel Robert Morad to its Troy, Michigan, office. Before joining Miller Canfield, Morad was assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County (Michigan) and assistant state attorney for the Palm Beach County, Florida, state attorney’s office. At Miller Canfield he will specialize in criminal and civil defense and litigation.

Reed Smith has named two new partners: former Kirkland & Ellis partner John Hagan, Jr., and former McDermott Will & Emery partner James Sanders. Hagan will join the firm’s Midwest commercial litigation group in Chicago. Sanders, in the litigation department’s regulatory and enforcement group in Century City, California, office, will specialize in securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and the representation of clients in SEC investigations.

Seyfarth Shaw has added Anthony Newton as of counsel in its Houston office. Newton, who handles mergers and acquisitions and private equity placement matters, will work in the firm’s corporate and finance practice group.

Shutts & Bowen welcomes three new senior lawyers to its West Palm Beach office. Hank Jackson, a partner in the business litigation practice, was previously at Holland & Knight. Raymond Royce, also from Holland & Knight, will concentrate  on land use, development, and real property matters. Lawrence Lataif, joining Shutts as a senior immigration counsel, will represent clients in all aspects of federal immigration law.

Three partners have moved from Hunton & Williams to Winston & Strawn. T. Thomas Cottingham, former managing partner of Hunton & Williams’s Charlotte office, will represent national energy companies and utilities and financial institutions for the firm's environmental practice in Washington, D.C. Nash Long III and John Holloway III also will join Winston as partners in the firm’s Charlotte office.

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

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