The Churn

September 22, 2009 2:34 PM

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

Posted by Matt Straquadine

Fasken Martineau, one of Canada’s largest law firms, has made a big move to Paris. The firm has announced that it is merging with Gravel, Leclerc & Partners, a Parisian business firm with seven attorneys, to provide Fasken with its first toehold in France. The merger gives the firm the largest European presence of any Canadian-based law firm.

To further round out the new office, Fasken also hired four attorneys away from Dewey & LeBoeuf, including Jean-Claude Petilon, the former head of Dewey’s Paris-based Africa practice. According to David Corbett, managing partner of Fasken Martineau, Petilon will lead the firm’s Franco-African practice, something he did for Dewey. Serge Gravel, a founding partner of Gravel Leclerc, will serve as Fasken’s regional managing partner for France. He’ll be handling M&A and other corporate work.

In other Churn news...

After an 18-month stint serving as a European minister for ProMexico, a Mexican government agency that promotes outside investment in the country, Antonio Prida is returning to the Mexico City office of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. Prida resumes his role as partner, and rejoins the firm’s corporate practice group.

A former senator has been snatched up by DLA Piper.  As confirmed by the Blog of Legal Times, a sibling publication, beginning in October, Mel Martinez, a Florida Republican who recently decided to retire from his seat, will join the firm as a partner.  Martinez will be based in both the Tampa and Washington, D.C. offices.

A team of antitrust attorneys has defected from Clifford Chance to Howrey. In November partners Claude Lazarus and Audrey Amsellem move to Howrey's Paris office, bringing a team of four associates in tow.

Paul Shaw has left Brown Rudnick’s Boston office for a partnership at K&L Gates. Shaw will work with K&L Gates’s commercial disputes group, handling heath care fraud and abuse claims.

Brian Cartwright, former GC for the SEC, has boomeranged back to Latham & Watkins, this time to act as a senior adviser. Cartwright was with Latham for 23 years and was a partner for the last 17 years before leaving to serve as the SEC’s top lawyer for three years. At Latham he will keep offices in both L.A. and D.C.

McKenna Long & Aldridge is also getting an alumnus: Gail Zirkelbach, a government contracts attorney, is returning from Jackson Kelly. Zirkelbach was previously an associate at McKenna Long. She rejoins as a partner and will work from the Denver office.

Nixon Peabody has announced the selection of a new managing partner of the firm’s D.C. office: Jeffrey Lesk, leader of the firm’s syndication practice. He takes over from Laurin Mills, who is staying with the firm as a partner doing IP work.

Ropes & Gray has a new real estate partner in David Djaha. Djaha moves to Ropes's New York office from Clifford Chance, where he was chairman of the real estate practice for the Americas.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has hired a new East Coast antitrust practice leader: Donald Klawiter. Klawiter, who laterals from Mayer Brown along with antitrust partner Jennifer Discoll-Chippendale, joins the firm's D.C. office.

Steptoe & Johnson has added Tom Pasternak as a partner in its Chicago office. Pasternak was formerly a partner in DLA Piper’s IP group, and will continue to do IP work with Steptoe & Johnson.

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

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