The Churn

January 14, 2011 2:11 PM

The Churn.Gov: Lateral Moves from Fed to Firm

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

Arent Fox announced a pair of bipartisan additions, as former Republican senator ROBERT BENNETT (Utah) and former Democratic senator BYRON DORGAN (North Dakota) have joined the firm as senior policy advisers. The two will be resident in the Washington, D.C., office and will be part of the firm's government relations practice. Dorgan, who spent 18 years in the U.S. Senate, will serve as cochair of that practice, joining former U.S. representative Phil English, who has been with the firm since 2009. Bennett--a three-term senator--will also spend time in Los Angeles advising international clients.

Former SEC general counsel--and current Baker Botts partner--JAMES DOTY has been named chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, according to Am Law Daily sister publication The Blog of Legal Times. The board was established by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee public company and broker-dealer audits. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner LEWIS FERGUSON will be a member of the five-person board.

Dykema Gossett is welcoming former Michigan attorney general MIKE COX as a senior attorney in the firm's litigation department, resident in Detroit. Cox, who spent eight years as the state's top lawyer, will advise clients on health care fraud compliance and white-collar defense issues. 

JEFFREY PEARLMAN, previously the assistant counsel to former New York State governor David Paterson, is now of counsel in the Albany office of Greenberg Traurig. Pearlman advised the former governor on a broad spectrum of legal, political, and policy matters. He will be a part of the firm's government and litigation practices. 

After a two-year stint as attorney adviser to commissioner J. Thomas Rosch at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), AMANDA REEVES is returning to Latham & Watkins. Reeves, who was previously an associate at Latham, returns as counsel in Washington, D.C., where she will join the firm's global antitrust and competition practice group. 

Finally . . . THURBERT BAKER is headed to McKenna, Long & Aldridge in Atlanta after stepping down as Georgia's attorney general.  Baker spent 13 years in that post and ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination in last year's Georgia governor race. He will be focusing on regulatory and public policy matters with the firm.


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