The Churn

February 23, 2010 5:04 PM

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

Posted by Irene Plagianos

Antitrust partner M. Elaine Johnston has jumped to Allen & Overy's New York office from White & Case. At A&O, Johnston will lead the firm's U.S. antitrust practice.

Labor and employment partner Harry Johnson III has moved to Arent Fox's Los Angeles office from Jones Day. His practice focuses on wage-hour complex litigation, traditional labor, other employment litigation, and client counseling and advice.

Arnold & Porter has hired Marc Daniel as counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Daniel will handle real estate financing transactions. He was previously at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Timothy Stratford, a former assistant U.S. trade representative for China Affairs, has joined Covington & Burling as a partner in the firm's Beijing office. He'll work in the international trade and finance group, focusing on advising international clients doing business in China, and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally.

Goodwin Procter's Boston office has nabbed Christopher Austin, former cohead of Ropes & Gray's technology company and venture capital practice. Austin represents technology and life sciences companies, venture capital funds, and investment banks.

Mark Finkelstein is now an intellectual property partner at Jones Day. Finkelstein, who will be resident in the firm's Irvine, California, office, handles complex patent infringement, trademark and copyright infringement, and unfair competition matters. He was previously at Latham & Watkins.

Kilpatrick Stockton
has lured partners Paul Pilecki and Michael Mancusi from Winston & Strawn. Pilecki and Mancusi join the firm’s financial institutions team in Washington, D.C. Both represent foreign and domestic banking organizations, though Pilecki concentrates on corporate structuring, while Mancusi handles enforcement issues.

Latham & Watkins's Washington, D.C., office has added Matthew Moore as a partner in the litigation department. Moore, an intellectual property attorney, will focus on patent infringement litigation. He was previously at Howrey.

The firm also has grabbed real estate finance partner Raymond Kwok from Blank Rome. Kwok joins Latham's Hong Kong office, where he'll handle complex real estate transactions.

Tim Johnson, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas, is now a partner at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell. Johnson cochairs the white-collar criminal defense and internal investigation practice in Houston.

Becca Wahlquist has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips's Los Angeles office as a partner in the litigation department. Wahlquist handles complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, business tort claims, class action cases, and putative classwide arbitrations. She was previously at Kirkland & Ellis.

Morrison & Foerster has snatched bankruptcy partner Anthony Princi from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Princi joins the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring practice in New York. He focuses on debt capital markets and restructuring, representing corporate debtors in debt transactions, and secured and unsecured creditors committees in cross-border bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.

Patton Boggs has hired Rosemary Becchi as a tax partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Becchi has worked for the IRS in its Office of Chief Counsel and as counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. Most recently, she founded and ran her own business and government relations consulting firm. At Patton Boggs, Becchi will counsel on developing federal and state policy initiatives and financial service and tax issues.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is launching a second office in Europe with a hire from  Allen & Overy. reports Legal Week. The firm will open an office Mannheim, Germany; a London office was launched in October 2008. Quinn has recruited Mannheim-based patent litigation partner Marcus Grosch, who will join the firm along with a team of associates. Legal Week has a report on the launch here.

Salans announced that it will open a Brussels office with a seven-lawyer team from Mayer Brown. Trade partner Edward Borovikov will lead the group, which also includes partner Rudi Leleu, director of international trade; of counsel Bogdan Evtimov and Charles De Jager; and three former Mayer Brown associates. The new Brussels office, set to open March 1, will offer trade, customs, antitrust, regulatory and government affairs advice.

Douglas Axel, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California and chief of the office’s major frauds section, is now a partner in Sidley Austin's Los Angeles office. He'll work in the firm's white-collar group.

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

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