The Churn

January 4, 2011 7:05 PM

The Churn.Gov: Lateral Moves from Feds to Firm

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

Update: 1/7/11, 10:00 a.m., A typo in this post's final paragraph has been fixed.

After a 30-year run representing Pennsylvania in the Senate--mostly as a Republican; lately as a Democrat- ARLEN SPECTER has left office and is joining the University of Pennsylvania Law School as an adjunct faculty member.

Specter, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who participated in confirmation hearings for 14 U.S. Supreme Court nominees, will teach a course this fall 2011 on the relationship between Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. Specter, a former Philadelphia district attorney and assistant counsel to the Warren Commission. is a University of Pennsylvania alumnus.

Others joining Specter in making the switch from public life to private:

Congressman EARL POMEROY (D-ND), and his chief of staff, BOB SIGGINS, have been hired by Alston & Bird. The two will be a part of the firm's health care group, which also includes former senate majority leader Bob Dole and the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tom Scully. Pomeroy and Siggins will be based in Washington, D.C.

Am Law Daily sibling publication The Blog of Legal Times reports that RON KLAIN, the chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, will step down this month to become president of investment company Case Holdings. Klain, a former O'Melveny & Myers partner, was named Biden's top aide in 2008.

Fox Rothschild announced the arrival of former congressman PATRICK MURPHY as a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. Murphy, a Democrat who represented Pennsylvania's Eighth Congressional District for the past four years, will be based in the firm's Philadelphia and Warrington, Pa., offices. Murphy is an Iraq War veteran and a former special assistant U.S. attorney in New York and North Carolina.

Former New York state deputy attorney general for economic justice MICHAEL BERLIN is now a shareholder in the government and litigation practices at Greenberg Traurig. Berlin, who will be resident in Albany and New York, will represent clients in regulatory and white-collar investigations, according to the firm. 

Former senator GEORGE LEMIEUX, a Florida Republican appointed in September 2009 to complete the unexpired term of Mel Martinez, is returning to Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart as a shareholder and chairman of the firm's board of directors. LeMieux served as chairman of Gunster from 2007 until he was appointed to the Senate seat. The firm reports that he will be based in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office.

The Washington Post reported several government-to-private-practice moves on December 30, including KEVIN PUVALOWSKI, former deputy special inspector general for the Troubled Assets Relief Program, joining Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in New York. According to Puvalowski's bio on the Sheppard Mullin Web site, he is now a partner in the firm's business trial practice group.

SNR Denton has hired four-term congressman ARTUR DAVIS, a Democrat who represented Alabama's  Seventh Congressional District, BLT reported yesterday. Davis arrives at the firm as a partner in the white-collar and government investigations practice. He will be based in Washington, D.C., and will specialize in criminal and civil fraud matters.

Finally...CHRISTOPHER "KIT" BOND, former senator from Missouri, announced today that he will join Thompson Coburn as a partner in both St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Bond, a Republican who served four terms, will advise clients on matters related to international trade, biotechnology, agriculture, cyber-law, and transportation, according to the firm.

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