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February 26, 2010 6:36 PM

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

Posted by Claire Zillman

DLA Piper tripled its roster of lawyers in Sacramento by acquiring a ten-lawyer health care team from McDonough Holland & Allen, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. The group, which specializes in health care litigation, is headed by Steve Goff. Also, Shale Stiller, the former president, CEO, and chairman of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, has rejoined the firm. He will work in DLA's Mount Washington, Maryland, office on estate planning, taxation, corporations, and litigation.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson's New York office has snatched Steve Epstein from O'Melveny & Myers. Epstein, an M&A partner, will continue to focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Jeff Roberts is headed to the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Roberts handles M&A, private equity, and equity capital markets transactions.

Dwayne Mason is the new head of Greenberg Traurig's Texas IP litigation group in Houston. Mason was previously at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he served on the firmwide management committee.

The former general counsel and chief compliance officer of GSC Group, Inc., is now a partner in Lowenstein Sandler's Roseland, New Jersey, office.

David Goret will work in the firm's corporate and investment management groups, handling commercial transactions and compliance initiatives.

Reed Smith has added Marty Dakessian as a partner in Los Angeles. Dakessian, a former Akerman Senterfitt partner, joins Reed Smith's state tax practice.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Palo Alto office nabbed James Elacqua,,Andrew Thomases, and Jonathan Baker from Dechert's Silicon Valley office. The trio will represent technology and life sciences companies in patent litigation. Elacqua and Thomases come on as partners; Baker joins as of counsel.

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

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