The Churn

May 3, 2011 6:45 PM

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

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

Barnes & Thornburg is expanding its Minneapolis office with the addition of corporate partner PETER EKBERG. Prior to joining, he had been cochair of the emerging companies practice at Faegre & Benson. 

Blank Rome announced the arrival of TERRY HENRY as a partner in the firm's product liability, mass torts, and insurance group, and as vice-chair of the life sciences industry team. Henry, who handles commercial litigation and product liability defense issues, will be based in Philadelphia. He was previously with Cozen O'Connor.

STUART ZISMAN is now a partner in the Houston office of Bracewell & Giuliani, where he will work on energy transactions. Zisman began his career at Bracewell as an associate and is rejoining the firm after spending more than a decade in-house at energy companies, most recently leading Macquerie Energy LLC's energy asset strategy.

EDWARD STUMPP has joined the Los Angeles office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a shareholder in the health law practice group. Stumpp, who arrives from Sedgwick, often handles matters involving managed care liability and medical malpractice.

Dechert has added intellectual property partner STEPHEN AKERLEY to its Silicon Valley office, where he will advise clients on litigation related to high-stakes patent and trade secret matters. Akerly was formerly at O'Melveny & Myers.

DLA Piper is bolstering its government affairs practice by bringing in former Delaware governor and congressman MICHAEL CASTLE as a partner. Castle--who has served in the state as deputy attorney general, state legislator, lieutenant governor, two-term governor, and most recently nine-term U.S. congressman--will split time between the firm's Washington, D.C., New York, and Wilmington offices.

Two litigation and employment attorneys are headed to the Boston office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge after leaving Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye. RICHARD GLOVSKY and DAVID KURTZ are set to join the firm as partners.

Meanwhile, Edwards Angell's Boston office is losing an M&A partner, as BRUCE RAPHAEL has been hired as a partner at Jones Day in Boston. Raphael focuses on representing clients in the financial services, insurance, and life sciences industries.

McCarter & English is welcoming BENJAMIN HRON as special counsel in its corporate, securities, and financial institutions practice, resident in Boston. Hron arrives from VC Ready Law Group, a boutique law firm serving emerging technology companies that he cofounded in 2009.

Another former U.S. congressman, ALAN MOLLOHAN of West Virginia, is joining the legal field. Mollohan is now of counsel in the West Virginia and Washington, D.C., offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he will field a general practice.

The seven-attorney Los Angeles litigation and transactional boutique Reeder Lu will be folded into the L.A. office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. The group includes partners CHRISTOPHER REEDER and  RICHARD SCHLOSS and five associates. Reeder founded the boutique in 2009. 

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey is expanding its global finance capability by adding a pair of Cozen O'Connor attorneys: partner MARIANNE ROSENBERG and of counsel JILL DAVIDSON. Both attorneys specialize in cross-border transaction, with Rosenberg often working in the transportation sector. They will be based in New York. 

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is turning to a former senior prosecutor with the Securities and Exchange Commission to lead the firm's SEC enforcement and litigation efforts in its Washington, D.C., office. CHRISTIAN BARTHOLOMEW joins the firm as a partner, splitting his time between D.C. and Miami. Most recently, he was head of Washington litigation at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. 

Former Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton medical device technology patent group founder and leader JAMES HESLIN has taken his practice to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Heslin, who is based in Palo Alto, advises medical device clients on intellectual property matters.

The energy, project development, and finance group of Winston & Strawn is adding a new partner in Charlotte, N.C. LISA VAUGHN was previously with Duke Energy, where she was special adviser to the company's chairman, as well as secretary of the nuclear oversight committee for the company's board. 

Finally . . . Vinson & Elkins announced the arrival of two new partners from McDermott, Will & Emery. CRAIG SEEBALD joins the firm's Washington, D.C., office and MATTHEW JACOBS heads to Palo Alto. Seebald will work with the firm's antitrust team, while Jacobs will head the complex commercial and white-collar litigation practices in Northern California.

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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