The Churn

July 21, 2009 6:39 PM

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

Posted by Matt Straquadine

Correction, 7/23/09 at 11:30 a.m.: In the mention of Mike Piazza's move to Greenberg Traurig, we misidentified Mr. Piazza's role as head of the Orange County office. In fact, he will be head of the securities litigation pratice for the Orange County office. We regret the error.

As the New York Law Journal reported last week, Bingham McCutchen has hired Christopher Cox as a partner in its Orange County office in Costa Mesa, California. Cox, the former head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, also represented California as a Republican member of the House of Representative for 17 years.

Marc Katz is joining Andrews Kurth's Dallas offices as a partner in the labor and employment section. Katz, who comes from Bracewell & Giuliani, will be focusing on management-side employment litigation and counseling.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle is hiring Alessandro De Giorgis to join its international corporate and international funds group. He will initially work in the firm's New York offices and move to Paris later this year. De Giorgis was previously general counsel at SAB Capital Management.

As The Legal Intelligencer reported, yet another lawyer has moved downmarket, jumping from a megafirm to a smaller shop. Thomas Durling has left DLA Piper to become a shareholder at the 72-lawyer firm Flaster Greenberg.

Greenberg Traurig has announced the acquisition of another SEC alum, Mike Piazza. He joins from Dorsey & Whitney's trial, regulatory, and technology practice group, where he worked after serving as the regional trial counsel for the Los Angeles office of the SEC. Piazza will head Greenberg's securities litigation pratice for the Orange County office.

Jamieson Karson has joined McCarter & English's New York office as special counsel in the corporate, securities, and financial institutions practice group. Karson will handle corporate governance matters. Before joining McCarter, Karson had been the CEO of shoe company Steve Madden.

K&L Gates is announcing the addition of two partners, one in New York and one in Texas. In New York, Roger Crane, formerly of Nixon Peabody, will focus on commercial disputes. Wilson Chu, previously a partner at Haynes and Boone, joins K&L Gates's Dallas office, handling acquisitions.

The former commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Banking and Insurance, Steven Goldman, is joining Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as a partner in the corporate department. Goldman was appointed commissioner by Governor Jon Corzine in 2006.

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis has hired Salem Katsh as a partner in its New York intellectual property practice. He previously chaired the IP group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman before leaving to become a solo practitioner in 2006.

SimmonsCooper, an asbestos litigation firm, is changing its name to Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd. The change acknowledges the firm's new leadership, as Jeff Cooper, partner since joining in 2000, becomes of counsel.

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

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