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September 13, 2010 4:51 PM

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

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

(Note: Thomas Gilbertsen's name was originally misspelled in the Venable update. 9/14/10, 10 a.m.)

A former U.S. ambassador to Australia and Japan is now senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. J. THOMAS SCHIEFFER will advise global energy, trade, transportation, defense, and intelligence industry clients. Beginning in 2001, he served as ambassador to Australia, and was appointed ambassador to Japan in 2005. Schieffer also once served as president of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and, last year, made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratice nomination for governor of Texas.

Baker & Hostetler announced that it will expand its Cincinnati office with a new partner in the firm's business group: W. ASHLEY HESS. Previously with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, Hess advises clients in the automotive, manufacturing, health care, insurance, and restaurant industries, with an eye toward M&A and corporate governance. 

Clifford Chance has rehired a former partner who will be working in the firm's city practice on high-yield funding issues. MICHAEL DAKIN left the firm last year to join Dubai-based Future Group as chief legal officer.

GAWAIN HUGHES, formerly the head of CMS Cameron McKenna's investment funds practice, has moved on to DLA Piper, becoming a partner in the firm's London office. Hughes advises fund managers, investors, and administrators on fund formation, administration, and promotion. He will become the fourth partner in the firm's investment funds group.

Two partners are returning to Foley & Lardner in Palo Alto after leaving their own boutique firm, Swiss Tanner PC. GERALD SWISS and LORNA TANNER will join Foley's intellectual property department, specializing in biopharmaceutical, life science, and medical device issues.

Former Federal Trade Commission lawyer ERIKA BROWN LEE is now senior counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Fulbright & Jaworski's antitrust and competition practice. Having spent the past ten years with the FTC, Brown Lee has worked on matters related to Internet advertising; privacy and data security; electronic systems companies; and competition issues.

Husch Blackwell has added LISA KRIGSTEN as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office, where she will work in the firm's government compliance, investigations and litigation, and white-collar criminal defense practice areas. Krigsten, who will also spend time in Kansas City, Mo., was formerly a principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights for the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day is announcing the addition of two new government regulation attorneys. GIOVANNA CINELLI is now a partner with the firm, while KENNETH NUNNENKAMP is of counsel. Both lawyers arrive from Patton Boggs, where Nunnenkamp was counsel in, and Cinelli chaired, the export control and investigations practice group.

WILLIAM HUNT III has been brought on as special counsel in the telecommunications practice group in Kelley Drye & Warren's Chicago office. Hunt will represent clients in regulatory and compliance proceedings, as well as in private litigation and corporate transactions. He recently served as vice president of Level 3 Communications, Inc., an Internet and telecommunications company.

The largest labor and employment boutique in the U.S., Littler Mendelson, has added to that area with a new shareholder hire. EDWARD ELLIS, formerly the employment law head at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, joins the firm's Philadelphia office.

LIOR NUCHI has jumped to McDermott Will & Emery's Silicon Valley office as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Nuchi focuses on complex transactions for private equity funds, venture funds, individuals, and banks. He was formerly with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Morrison & Foerster has a new cochair for its global private equity investments and buyouts practice. HENDRIK JORDAAN, who will join the firm's Denver office, was previously at Holme Roberts & Owen. Jordaan has a wealth of M&A experience, and arrives at MoFo just as the firm is advising on several major deals with such companies as Intel Corp. and Cogent Inc. 

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker has bolstered its Hong Kong office with the addition of partner STEVEN WINEGAR. Winegar served as the managing director and senior counsel at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. He has experience in equity and debt capital markets, as well as private equity and M&A transactions.

GREGORY RUBACK has joined Proskauer Rose as a partner in the firm's global finance practice after leaving Mayer Brown. Ruback, who will be based in New York, is a corporate lawyer with experience in leveraged finance. He has represented clients in credit facility matters, as well as debt offerings, project finance, workouts, and restructuring.

Seyfarth Shaw has expanded its labor and employment practice with a new of counsel. DANA HOWELLS comes to the firm from The Capital Group Companies and will remain based in Los Angeles. She has dealt with employment law specifically related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), health care, compensation, and immigration. 

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has announced the addition of ROBERT MCCARTER as a partner in the firm's global product liability practice. McCarter, who will be based in Washington, D.C., has dealt with product liability and appellate litigation for clients including cigarette manufacturers and a plaintiff who prevailed in a racial discrimination case against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was most recently with Arnold & Porter.

MARC PALAY is being welcomed as global coordinator of Sidley Austin's international arbitration practice, as well as co-managing partner of the firm's Geneva office. Palay, who was formerly with Wintston & Strawn, will continue to focus on international commercial arbitration and complex transnational litigation.

White & Case has added a total of eight new lawyers to its New York and Paris offices, including three partners. KENNETH CARUSO will be based in New York as a partner after leaving Bracewell & Giuliani. He handles civil and criminal litigation. Meanwhile, MICHEL BEAUSSIER and ISABELLE FENAYROU-DEGAS will join the Paris office from the white-collar and litigation boutique Beaussier & AssociƩs. They bring a team of five additional lawyers to the firm's dispute resolution team.

Winston & Strawn's corporate department has been bolstered by the addition of two new partners in Los Angeles. JAMES LEVIN comes to the firm from O'Melveny & Myers, where he cochaired the M&A and private equity practices. WARREN LOUI arrives from Mayer Brown, where he was the Los Angeles finance practice leader in the banking and finance department.

Venable welcomes THOMAS GILBERTSEN, a commercial trial and appellate attorney, as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Gilbertsen advises major consumer product, technology, and service companies on such matters as antitrust, intellectual property, privacy, false advertising, and consumer class actions. Previously he was with Kelley Drye & Warren.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Any moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

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