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March 12, 2010 6:00 PM

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

Posted by Ed Shanahan

Arnold & Porter is beefing up its white-collar criminal defense practice with two new lawyers. JOHN NASSIKAS and BARUCH WEISS are joining the firm as partners and LAURA LESTER will join as counsel; all three will be based in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Nassikas, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, advises and defends clients in criminal and civil litigations and internal corporate investigations, focusing on health care fraud, financial fraud, antitrust, and securities enforcement. He joins from Arent Fox, where he headed the firm's white-collar defense and government investigations practice group. Weiss has held senior positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He represents individuals, national and international corporations, and a foreign government in a variety of matters. Lester has notable experience representing corporations and individuals in complex multijurisdictional criminal litigations and internal investigations in the areas of FDA enforcement and health care fraud, government contracts, public corruption, and antitrust. She has managed criminal cases in all phases, from grand jury proceedings through trial. Weiss and Lester also are joining from Arent Fox.

Bryan Cave is growing its securities litigation practice with a group of six attorneys moving from Husch Blackwell Sanders. Effective April 1, JEFFREY J. KALINOWSKI and RICHARD H. KUHLMAN will join the firm as partners, and CARRIE J. BECHTOLD, ADAM S. HOCHSCHILD, JEFFREY S. JAMIESON, and ERIC D. MARTIN will join as counsel. Each of the lawyers concentrate primarily in securities and commercial litigation, and have broad experience in broker-dealer matters, class action litigation, and intra-industry disputes.

FELICIA BOYD recently joined the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg as a partner. Boyd, an IP litigator, previously was a partner at Faegre & Benson. She focuses on complex intellectual property litigation, leading plaintiff and defense litigation on a variety of claims related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade dress. Her litigation experience spans several industries, including medical devices, software, and manufactured goods.

SARAH LINTON has joined Dewey & LeBoeuf as a partner in the firm's London office. Linton will head the U.K. employment practice in the firm's global compensation, benefits and employment practice group.  Linton advises on all aspects of employment law, including employment contracts, termination agreements, disputes, non-compete and confidentiality covenants. Prior to joining Dewey & LeBoeuf, she was head of Bryan Cave's UK employment practice.

CHRISTOPHER J. PIPPETT has joined Fox Rothschild as a partner in the firm's corporate practice. Pippett, who will be resident in the Exton, Pa., office, focuses on banking, finance, corporate, and real estate law. He advises businesses and owners in the start-up, funding, and continued financing, expansion, and sale of business ventures. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Pippett was a partner at Saul Ewing.

MARSHALL H. FISHMAN, TIMOTHY J. COLEMAN, and WALTER B. STUART are joining the U.S. litigation practice of U.K. firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as partners, joining a group of leading arbitration lawyers. Fishman represents major financial institutions and other entities in securities, banking, and general commercial litigation. Prior to joining Freshfields, he was a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Stuart has experience in securities and complex financial litigation at both the state and federal levels. He previously was a partner with Vinson & Elkins. Coleman, who served for several years as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York and in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., joins from Dewey & LeBoeuf. Fishman and Stuart will be based in Freshfields' New York office; Coleman will be resident in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

The public policy and regulation group in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office has brought on a new partner. MOE VELA has joined the firm coming off a stint in the Obama administration as director of management and administration in the office of Vice President Joe Biden. Vela will focus on business development and providing strategic counseling to firm clients, such as developing government relations strategies on the federal, state, and local levels.

K&L Gates's tax practice has expanded with the hiring of STEPHEN T. FREEMAN and GREGORY J. HARTKER as partners in the firm's Orange County office. Freeman's focus is on corporate tax planning; he counsels clients on tax implications of M&A, financings, and executive compensation. He also represents clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board. Hartker advises clients on international tax issues involving cross-border transfer pricing, foreign tax credits, and treaty issues, among other matters.  Both lawyers previously worked at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, where Freeman served as chair of the firm's tax practice.

The firm also has added to its public policy and law practice with the hiring of TERRENCE J. MURPHY. Murphy most recently served as president of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Maryland. He had worked for the utility for nearly 30  years in a number of roles. As president, he developed a 20-year infrastructure replacement program. Murphy will be resident in K&L Gates's Pittsburgh headquarters.

Our colleagues at the National Law Journal's BLT report that Pillsbury Winthrop is losing nine real estate lawyers in Washington, D.C, including the managing partner of its 190-lawyer D.C., office, to Goulston & Storrs. "MAUREEN DWYER, who has been head of Pillsbury's D.C. office since the firm's merger with Shaw Pittman in 2005, called the move 'such a good opportunity we couldn’t say no,'" the NLJ reports. The group includes partners PHIL FEOLA, JOHN EPTING, ALLISON PRINCE, and PAUL TUMMONDS, JR.. Four associates, an architectural historian, and a legal assistant also are making the move. Goulston, based in Boston, is known for its real estate expertise. The firm launched its D.C. office in 2001. Read the NLJ's full report here.

Ropes & Gray has hired TONY HORSPOOL as a partner in the firm's bankruptcy and business restructuring practice; he will be based in the firm's London office. Horspool represents clients in the financial services sector, including hedge funds, special situations groups, banks, monolines, accounting firms, and insurers. He is moving to Ropes from Weil, Gotshal & Manges's London office, which he had joined in April 2008 from Cadwalader.

FRANCIS ZOU has joined White & Case as a partner in the firm's global banking practice. Zou specializes in bank finance, asset-based finance, restructurings, and M&A. He has significant bank regulatory experience representing foreign banks applying to the Federal Reserve and appropriate branch chartering authorities and advising US branches of foreign banks in dealing with federal and state banking regulators. He will be resident in the New York office. Prior to joining White & Case, Zou was senior counsel in the New York office of Allen & Overy.

MICHAEL RABSON has rejoined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in the firm's life sciences practice. He previously was general counsel and senior vice president at Cytokinetics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of small-molecule therapeutics. Rabson will serve as a strategic adviser to life sciences and clean technology clients, providing them with corporate, technology transactions, and patent counseling and representation. He will be based in the firm’s Palo Alto office.

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

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