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March 21, 2011 9:50 PM

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

Posted by Ed Shanahan

PANG ZHANG has joined Cozen O'Connor as partner in the firm's corporate practice. She will be based in the New York office. Prior to joining Cozen, she served as general counsel of Pharmaceutical Services Corp.; she also had worked in the Shanghai office of Kaye Scholer.

Dechert on Monday announced it has welcomed MICHAEL WEINER as a partner and co-chair of the firm's antitrust/competition practice. Weiner, who will be resident in New York, joins from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Weiner provides strategic advice, resolves government investigations, and litigates for clients with antitrust issues in a broad range of industries. He has significant experience in the telecommunications and technology industries, having recently represented Yahoo!, Inc. in its joint venture with Microsoft, Inc. and its proposed distribution relationship with Google, as well as two regional wireless telecom providers in their acquisitions by AT&T, Inc. and Verizon Wireless, respectively.

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has boosted its insurance and reinsurance practice. The firm announced Monday that it has hired DAMIAN CONNOLLY as a partner in the firm's growing London office. Connolly focuses on mergers and acquisitions, acting for insurers, reinsurers and financial services companies. He previously was a corporate lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton.

DIAN GRUENEICH has joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner in the firm's environmental and energy practice. She is entering private legal practice after six years as a commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission, directing many of California's most important renewable energy initiatives. Grueneich is making the move with her former chief of staff, THERESA CHO, who will be of counsel at MoFo. The two, who will be resident in the firm's San Francisco office, have been working on major state projects involving energy transmission, efficiency and smart grid issues, and renewables.

Proskauer has hired FRANK ZARB as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C.,capital markets practice. Zarb focuses on regulatory matters under U.S. securities laws, as well as on corporate finance transactions. He represents public and private companies in addition to broker-dealers and other financial intermediaries on regulatory compliance matters. He previously was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman.

ERIC SOPHIR has moved from King & Spalding to SNR Denton. He joins the firm's Washington, D.C., office, and will be practicing as part of the IP and technology group.

MATHEW WEST has joined Schiff Hardin as counsel in the firm's general litigation group. West, who will be based in the firm's New York office, concentrates on commercial litigation and arbitration with experience in large, complex commercial cases.  He previously was with Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch in New York.

Vedder Price's investment services practice is plus one as JOSEPH MANNON has joined the firm as of counsel. His move--Mannon previously was associate general counsel of Aurora Investment Management--marks a return to Vedder, where he had worked as an associate. Mannon will be based in Vedder's Chicago office.

 

And in Howrey moves...

 The group of antitrust attorneys joining Baker Botts from Howrey is growing. On Monday, the Texas-based firm announced several more additions, including lawyers, analysts, and support staff who will be based in Baker Botts's Washington, D.C., office. The group includes partners THOMAS DILLICKRATH, ERIK KOONS, CHARLES LOUGHLIN, and CHARLES WEBB. They join former Howrey partners Sean Boland, James Rill, and John Taladay, who joined the firm on March 16, a day after Howrey's formal dissolution.

Dewey & LeBoeuf has brought on MARC SCHILDKRAUT as a partner in the firm's antitrust practice. Schildkraut will be based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. His hiring follows the recent additions of Roxann Henry, M.J. Moltenbrey, Jacqueline I. Grise, and Mark Schechter, also from Howrey. Schildkraut has extensive experience with merger and antitrust litigation and investigations. He is a former assistant director at the FTC's Bureau of Competition.

In London, JOHN EVANS has joined Fulbright & Jaworski as a partner in the firm's disputes and investigations practice. Evans has extensive experience handling complex and high-value litigation and disputes across a range of sectors. "John's arrival marks the latest step in the development of a strong UK and international disputes practice in London," said Lista M. Cannon, the head of Fulbright’s London office, in a statement. Evans had practiced at Howrey for five years, and prior to that was a partner for 17 years at Ashurst.

 

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 thechurn@alm.com. 

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