The Churn

September 1, 2011 4:38 PM

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

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Fox Rothschild boosted its construction law and government contracting practices with the addition of eight attorneys in Washington, D.C. from Smith, Currie & Hancock, a law firm specializing in work for the construction industry. New partner DIRK HAIRE will cochair the firm's construction practice and head the D.C. office. REGINALD JONES and LARRY HARRIS also join as partners, along with five associates.

Jones, who counsels clients on bid protests, claims litigation, and claims resolution related to public construction projects, will launch a new government contracts and procurement practice for Fox Rothschild. Harris represents contractors in construction, supply, and service contract disputes, as well as owners in construction disputes with contractors. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator on construction-related cases.

Fox Rothschild opened its D.C. office in November 2010 with the hire of Margaret Gatti from Dilworth Paxson. With the new hires, the office will be relocating to Smith Currie's former offices at 1030 15th St.

In other Churn news . . .

Dinsmore & Shohl opened an office last week in Lewisburg, West Virginia, its fourth office in the state and twelfth location firm wide. The new office, at 237 North Court Street, will initially be staffed by Dinsmore partner JASON LONG, who is relocating from the firm's Morgantown location. Long, an education attorney, will work on expanding the firm's client base to school districts in the Lewisburg area not already on the firm's roster, according to a press release. The new location will also bring the firm closer to clients in the banking and coal industries, as well as to individuals needing estate and family wealth planning. Dinsmore opened its first West Virginia office in Charleston in 2002. Earlier this summer, the Cincinnati-based firm expanded into Washington, D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher nabbed MICHAEL FLYNN, the former chair of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth’s corporate and securities practice, for its Orange County, California, office. Flynn, who joins as partner, specializes in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

DANIEL SHERMAN IV has left DLA Piper for the Atlanta office of Greenberg Traurig. The new shareholder is part of the firm's public-private partnership, infrastructure, and economic development practice. His work focuses on urban infill and large-scale revitalization projects, often involving transit-oriented developments, public infrastructure, brownfield redevelopment, and public-private partnerships.

Labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart added two shareholders on opposite coasts. BETSY JOHNSON joins as a shareholder in Los Angeles. Johnson, formerly with Epstein Becker Green, has a broad labor and employment practice covering litigation and counseling work. Areas of expertise include wage and hour, trade secrets, executive compensation, employment contracts, and invasion of privacy actions, as well as internal investigations and personnel policies. The firm also hired CARSON BURNHAM as a shareholder in its Boston office and named her head of the firm's international practice group. Burnham joins Ogletree after seven years in-house at Novell Inc., where she most recently served as vice president of global employment law. Her practice covers a range of employment work, including litigation, executive compensation and benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and training.

Salt Lake City attorney KAREN CLEMES has left an in-house role with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to join Ballard Spahr as a partner. Clemes was previously a partner in the San Diego office of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. Her labor and employment practice covers employer-side litigation and counseling work.

King & Spalding added PREEYA NORONHA as counsel in its Washington, D.C. office. Noronha previously worked as a senior associate at Latham & Watkins and prior to that oversaw a legal department of 400 attorneys as acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She joins King & Spalding's FDA and life sciences practice group, where she will advise on legal and regulatory issues surrounding HHS.

After three years working in-house at the El Paso Corporation, JANET MCQUAID has rejoined Fulbright & Jaworski as a partner, a position she previously held for seven years before taking the corporate position in 2008. An environmental attorney, she'll be based in the Pittsburgh-Southpointe, Pennsylvania, office, advising primarily energy companies working within the Marcellus Shale. Earlier in her career McQuaid worked as an engineer for Exxon.

ROY LESSY, JR., jumped from Patton Boggs to Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C., where he joins as partner. An antitrust litigator, Lessy advises companies in the energy, industrial, technology, health care, and transportation industries. His specialty in energy work stems from previous positions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he oversaw matters related to nuclear reactors in the United States.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon gained a Kansas City, Missouri, intellectual property partner in JOHN GARRETSON, formerly with Fish & Richardson in New York. Garretson specializes in cases stemming from the Hatch-Waxman Act, which regulates generic drugs. He also handles patent litigation and counseling involving pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices.

Chadbourne & Parke expanded its roster with the addition of counsel BRIAN POLLACK in New York. Pollack, an intellectual property attorney, previously worked at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. His practice focuses on strategic management of patent portfolios and IP litigation.

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