The Churn

July 31, 2009 4:23 PM

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

Posted by Matt Straquadine

Chevron, the second-largest oil company in the U.S., announced the appointment of a new general counsel this week. R. Hewitt Pate, formerly a partner with Hunton & Williams, has been tapped for the role, taking over for Charles James, who was promoted to executive vice president earlier this year. As we reported, the move was significant because it marks the second consecutive GC that Chevron has chosen from a firm other than Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Before James's appointment in 2003, Chevron GCs had traditionally come from Pillsbury.

Gray Smith has joined the Cayman Island office of offshore firm Appleby. Smith will doing international funds work. He comes from gloomier weather in London, where he served as general counsel to an asset management company.

The investment management group at Drinker Biddle & Reath is growing. The firm has hired Mark Costley as a partner in its D.C. office. Costley was formerly a partner with Alston & Bird, where he represented broker-dealers and investment advisers.

Hunton & Williams has announced its replacement for R. Hewitt Pate, the new Chevron GC. D. Bruce Hoffman is taking over for Pate as the head of Hunton’s global competition practice.

Former NCAA assistant director of enforcement Mark Neyland is bringing his game to Ice Miller. The firm specializes in NCAA compliance services.

K&L Gates is growing in North Carolina, where it will welcome partner Eliab Erulkar to its Charlotte office. Erulkar, who was formerly with Baker & McKenzie, will be doing corporate and securities work.

As reported by Legal Week, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker's global real estate chief, Philip Feder, has replaced Mark Eagan as the firm's managing partner in London. Feder moved to London from L.A. last year, and says he intends to focus on further growth of the firm in the European market.

The Canadian practice group at Pepper Hamilton has a new director in Susan Krembs. Krembs is joining the firm as a partner based in New York, where she'll also be doing corporate and securities work.

Christoper Rillo is leaving the Groom Law Group for Schiff Hardin. At Schiff, Rillo will continue to do ERISA class action defense work, along with other employee benefit litigation, fiduciary counseling, and plan administration.

Daniel Ninivaggi is returning to Winston & Strawn after six years working as an executive at Lear Corporation, an auto parts manufacturer. Ninivaggi is coming on as of counsel, and will be representing automotive industry clients.

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

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