The Churn

June 5, 2011 12:00 PM

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

Posted by Dana Olsen

REGINA GRIFFIN and JORIAN ROSE are joining Baker Hostetler's New York office as partners in the business group. Both attorneys plan to focus on bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors' rights. Griffin previously was special counsel at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, and Rose was most recently a partner at Venable.

Former federal prosecutor CLAY WHEELER is joining Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner in its litigation department. Wheeler, who will work out of the firm's Winston-Salem and Raleigh, North Carolina offices,specializes in investigating and litigating complex financial crimes.

KIRK HOOPINGARNER AND NICHOLAS SCHMIDBAUER are Quarles & Brady's newest partners. Prior to joining the firm's Chicago office, Hoopingarner and Schmidbauer were partners at Wildman Harrold and McCracken & Franken, respectively. While Hoopingarner joins the trust and estates and tax exempt organizations groups, Schmidbauer joins the intellectual property group.

Reed Smith's Washington, D.C. office welcomes partners DEBRA YOGODZINSKI and EDWARD ROGERS into its real estate practice. Both attorneys, former Arent Fox partners, will focus on finance, project development public-private partnerships, and condominium leasing.

SNR Denton has hired corporate partner S. ELIZABETH FOSTER. Most recently a partner at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, Foster joins SNR Denton's Los Angeles office on the heels on Jeff Modisett, co-leader of the firm's newly-formed state attorneys general practice. Foster focuses on start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public debt and equity offerings, and cross-border transactions.

The arrival of former federal fraud prosecutor THOMAS ZENO signals the expansion of Squire Sanders & Dempsey's white-collar defense practice. Zeno will specialize in the healthcare industry, and advise clients on the development of compliance programs and prevention and defense of lawsuits. As counsel, Zeno plans to split his time between the firm's Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati offices.

Trial lawyer ROBERT OWEN is moving from Fulbright & Jaworski to the New York office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. Owen will specialize in advising financial services companies and litigating commercial cases.

HOWARD KRAMER is joining Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. As part of the corporate and financial services practice, Kramer will advise clients on broker-dealer, market structure, regulatory, and compliance matters. A former SEC staff attorney, Kramer most recently was a partner at Schiff Hardin. Willkie's New York office also is growing with the arrival of partner MICHAEL KATZ, who will practice with the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits department. Katz previously was special counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Former Fowler White Burnett partners RODNEY JANIS, MICHAEL LOGAN, and MICHAEL SWITZER are joining Wilson Elsner Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker to head up the firm's West Palm Beach office. The three attorneys, who have worked together for several years on a wide range of liability matters, will focus on mational insurance defense and business law.

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 [email protected].

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