The Churn

July 10, 2009 6:20 PM

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

Posted by Vivian Yee

Expanding its sports law practice to the West Coast, Arent Fox is bringing sports attorney Maidie Oliveau to its Los Angeles office as counsel. As a partner in the Law Office of Maidie Oliveau, Oliveau previously counseled professional teams including the Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, New Jersey Nets, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Miami Dolphins.

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll is adding Dena Wiggins as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, where she'll handle natural gas regulatory and energy policy matters for the firm's energy and project finance group. She joins from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where she was a partner.

Two Stroock & Stroock & Lavan entertainment litigators are coming to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's California offices. Deborah Drooz, who focuses on defamation, publicity, privacy, and intellectual property in entertainment law, will be in the firm's Los Angeles office; Barry Langberg, who specializes in defamation litigation, will split time between the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara offices. The two have represented public figures including Martha Stewart and Stevie Wonder in defamation cases.

In Germany, Bryan Cave is adding Philip Haleen and Iliana Haleen as of counsel and counsel, respectively, in its Hamburg office. While Philip concentrates on international tax matters and franchise and distribution law, Iliana will join the intellectual property group and establish the firm's new German IP practice. They come from Faegre & Benson's Frankfurt office.

Dewey & LeBoeuf will add three partners from Cooley Godward Kronish—a major coup, as our colleague Brian Baxter previously wrote—and another from Mayer Brown. The firm has snapped up two of Cooley's firm leaders--head of M&A Richard Climan, who will sit on Dewey & LeBoeuf's executive committee, and  head of technology transactions Eric Reifschneider--as well as M&A partner Keith Flaum. All are joining Dewey's Silicon Valley office. Meanwhile, Mayer Brown's cochair of global finance, Marshall Stoddard, will now work in Dewey's New York and Los Angeles offices.

Antitrust partner MJ Moltenbrey is joining Howrey's Washington, D.C., office from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Moltenbrey spent 17 years as an official in the Department of Justice's antitrust division, where she worked on the government's cases against such companies as Microsoft and Visa and MasterCard.

With the arrival of partners Cliff Stricklin and Michael MacPhail from Holland & Hart, Holme Roberts & Owen is expanding its white-collar and securities litigation practice. Both will be in the firm's Denver office. Stricklin, the practice's new chair, was formerly a Department of Justice lawyer who prosecuted Joseph Nacchio for insider trading and served on the Enron Task Force; he has also served as an assistant U.S. attorney and state district judge. MacPhail is a former SEC official.

K&L Gates has picked up partner Louis Degos and two associates for its Paris office; all three join from Eversheds. Degos, the secretary-general of the French Committee on Arbitration, specializes in arbitration, commercial litigation, and dispute resolution.

Dewey & LeBoeuf may have added four, but it's losing three to McKool Smith. Intellectual property litigators Robert Auchter and Dirk Thomas, who was cochairman of Dewey's IP litigation group, are joining McKool Smith's Washington, D.C., office as partners, while Jeffrey Frey joins as of counsel. (For more, see our colleague Brian Baxter's post on the move in The Am Law Daily.)

A group of four litigators have arrived at McGuireWoods's London office from Steptoe & Johnson. Partner Adam Greaves and three associates will handle international litigation.

Business and finance partners Andrew Weil, Neal Aizenstein, and Michael Legamaro are joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius's Chicago office from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Weil was Sonnenschein's nationwide securities and public company group, while Aizenstein headed Sonnenschein's Chicago corporate practice, and Legamaro specialized in international and domestic tax.

Morrison & Foerster is adding Jerry Marlatt as a partner in its New York office, where he'll join the firm's capital markets group. At his previous firm, Clifford Chance, Marlatt focused on securities, covered bonds, and other capital markets transactions.

Corporate restructuring and bankruptcy specialist Todd Feinsmith is joining Pepper Hamilton's Boston office as a partner. Feinsmith, who frequently represents secured lenders, was previously at Brown Rudnick.

The second former Merrill Lynch counsel this year is coming to Shearman & Sterling: Jeffrey Quinn joins as of counsel in the firm's New York and Washington, D.C., offices. A former managing director in the corporate finance group in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, Quinn has also worked at Credit Suisse, as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and at the U.S. Treasury Department. The move follows Shearman's addition of another tax counsel from Merrill Lynch in March.

Although the firm lost three corporate partners to Morgan Lewis, Sonnenchein Nath & Rosenthal is adding four attorneys to its national public law and policy strategies group, all in the firm's D.C. office. The new hires are partner Heather Dawn Thompson, the former director of government affairs at the National Congress of American Indians and counsel to former senator Tom Daschle; counsel Timothy Ashby, who specializes in Latin American and European matters; and counsel Peter Thieman, who will join the office's energy and regulated industries practice from White & Case's energy regulatory group. Ashby will bring an associate with him.

Stoel Rives added two partners to its San Diego office. Morten Lund, previously of Foley & Lardner, will handle financing transactions and focus on the development and financing of renewable energy projects.  David Quinby, the firm's office managing partner in Minneapolis, will now split his time between San Diego and Minneapolis.

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

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