The Churn

August 31, 2010 12:34 PM

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

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

BENJAMIN DUSING is headed to the Cincinnati office of Baker & Hostetler, the firm recently announced. Dusing most recently was an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He joins the firm as a partner in the firm's white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice.

Chadbourne & Parke has hired banking and finance attorney SIMON MORGAN as a partner in the firm's Moscow office. Morgan, who joins from White & Case, will work with the firm's capital markets practice for Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe. He will counsel clients in the area of structured finance, securitization, restructuring, and capital markets.

ALLISON LURTON has joined Covington & Burling as of counsel. Lurton most recently was senior counsel at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). She will work with Covington's energy, derivatives, and white-collar practices advising clients on the financial regulation reforms to be implemented and enforced by the CFTC as a result of the recently passed Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Two insurance coverage partners have made their way to Dickstein Shapiro's Washington, D.C., office. JOHN SCHRYBER and NORAH MOLNAR, who both join from Patton Boggs, worked together in the past on the reversal of an appeal for Estée Lauder, Inc., on the use of "catch-all" reservations clauses by insurers in coverage-position letters. Schryber is an insurance law litigator and appellate attorney, while Molnar focuses on representing corporate policyholders.

McCarter & English's Boston office is growing with the addition of PATRICK J. COMERFORD, who joins the firm as special counsel in the product liability group. Comerford focuses on complex products liability, toxic tort, and personal injury litigation, and also counsels manufacturers and retailers on product safety issues and risk management. He previously was a partner at New York City-based Lynch Rowan.

Our colleagues at The National Law Journal report that MARK DAVIES, until recently a counsel in O'Melveny & Myers Supreme Court and appellate practice, has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Washington, D.C., office as a partner. Davies served as a member of the appellate staff in the Justice Department’s Civil Division from 1999 until 2006, representing the Patent and Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, the Federal Communications Commission, and other federal agencies. He argued more than 25 cases in nine different appellate circuits. Davies will focus on intellectual property appeals.

JENNY LIU has joined the Shanghai office of Sheppard Mullin as special counsel in the corporate practice group. Most recently with DLA Piper in Beijing, she will work to expand the firm's presence in that city as well. Liu represents Chinese emerging growth companies in issues related to licensing agreements, employment law issues, and public company reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sidley Austin has added a partner to its Latin American and investment funds, advisers, and derivatives practices. ALYSSA GRIKSCHEIT will be based in New York and will focus on cross-border transactions and alternative investment funds. Most recently, she was a partner with Goodwin Procter.

Another addition at Sidley is counsel SYBILLA FRIES, who joins the firm's international trade and WTO practice. As of September 1, she will be based in Geneva. Fries formerly served as legal counsel for the European Union Permanent Delegation to the WTO. There, she advised on European and international law, specifically with regard to international trade law and dispute settlement

After 18 years at the Securities and Exchange Commission, CHRIS CONTE is leaving the agency to join Steptoe & Johnson. Conte most recently served as associate director of the division of enforcement at the SEC. He will join Steptoe's securities enforcement and litigation practice, working with the firm's FCPA and white-collar criminal defense practice in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Conte represents public companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, officers and directors, and others facing SEC, Justice, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigations or proceedings. He will work to help clients comply with federal regulation of businesses in this heightened enforcement environment.

ELIZABETH A. NEMETH, the former chief counsel for securities, finance, and governance at The Boeing Company, is joining the Chicago office of Ulmer & Berne as a corporate partner. At Boeing, Nemeth advised senior management on all aspects of securities compliance, corporate governance, corporate financings, and general corporate issues. She is the latest addition in a line of recent hires by Ulmer & Berne's Chicago office. Last month, the firm added partner Kurt Lebakken to its corporate practice from Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and it hired IP partner Brian Bianco from Sidley Austin. The office has grown from two attorneys to 15 over the past year.

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

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