The Churn

February 14, 2012 2:50 PM

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

Posted by Sara Randazzo

After leading Venable for six years as the firm's managing partner, KARL RACINE is returning to his white-collar and commercial litigation practice full-time. He will be replaced by LINDSAY MEYER and ROBERT WALDMAN, who will serve as co–managing partners.

Meyer and Waldman come of different cities and practice groups. Meyer is a Washington, D.C.–based partner who heads Venable's international trade practice and cochairs the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anticorruption practice; Waldman is a Baltimore-based tax partner who chairs the firm's business division.

Waldman tells sibling publication The National Law Journal that "In creating our management structure, we wanted to make sure we reflected the diversity and structure of our firm. The overall theme is that as the firm has grown and become more complex, management challenges continue to grow."

Venable also named BRIAN SCHWALB as vice chairman; JAMES SHEA serves as the firm's chairman.

In other Churn news . . .

Arnold & Porter's London office now counts ANNA BUSCALL as a partner. Buscall, previously with Allen & Overy, is a corporate lawyer whose clients are chiefly in the life sciences sector. The bulk of her practice involves mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

The newest partner in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg is JEFFREY MORGAN, formerly at Troutman Sanders. Morgan represents clients in patent litigation and patent strategy matters. Earlier in his career, Morgan served as a special assistant district attorney for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has expanded its Huntsville, Alabama, office with the addition of four attorneys. The new arrivals are partners G. BARTLEY LOFTIN III and GEORGE SMITH II from Maynard Cooper & Gale, and counsel DAVID VANCE LUCAS, a former general counsel of Intergraph Corporation who most recently had his own law firm. An associate who worked with Lucas at his firm is also joining Bradley Arant. Loftin is a commercial litigator focused on cases involving banking, shareholder disputes, securities, business, and other matters. Smith has a corporate practice that encompasses the formation, financing, and ongoing representation of businesses, particularly government contracting, health care, and technology companies. Lucas spent 17 years at Intergraph, during which time he recovered roughly $1 billion in royalties through litigation and patent enforcement actions.

Dinsmore & Shohl has gained ROGER CRAIG, former senior vice president and general counsel of Nationwide Financial Services, as a partner in the firm's Columbus office. Craig will focus on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA.

Product liability lawyer JASON KEEHFUS has moved from Jones Day, where he worked as a senior associate, to a counsel role at King & Spalding. Based in Atlanta, Keehfus specializes in tobacco litigation, both the defense of individual suits and class actions.

McDermott Will & Emery recently added JACOB GRIERSON as a partner in its Paris office. A member of the firm's international arbitration practice, Grierson represents clients in arbitrations in London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, Hong Kong, and New York. He last worked as of counsel at Jones Day.

GREGORY TEARS has jumped from Drinker Biddle & Reath to Michael Best & Friedrich. Now a partner in the firm's Milwaukee office, Tears has a transactional practice focused on public finance.

Troutman Sanders has lost an international trade group, including four partners, one associate, and one trade analyst, to Morris, Manning & Martin. The new partners are DONALD CAMERON, JR., JULIE MENDOZA, R. WILL PLANERT, and BRADY MILLS. The group specializes in trade remedies cases and World Trade Organization litigation, including antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard investigations.

Nixon Peabody has added SEAN HARAN from Paul Hastings as a partner in its government investigations and white-collar defense practice in New York. Earlier in his career, Haran served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. He represents companies and executives in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General's Office, and other state and federal agencies.

Polsinelli Shughart has added several attorneys since the start of the year. In Los Angeles, LAWRENCE CONN, who represents hospital systems and health care providers on regulatory and transactional matters, joins as of counsel from Foley & Lardner. Fellow health care lawyer EMILY WEY, who last worked as an associate general counsel at dialysis provider DaVita, is a shareholder in Denver. In St. Louis, RICHARD YAWITZ, formerly with Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, is now a shareholder in the business department.

MARC LACKNER has left a position as associate general counsel at Bank of America to become a San Francisco–based partner in Reed Smith's financial industry group. Lackner spent 15 years at Bank of America, most recently managing the bank's mortgage litigation docket, which included thousands of single-plaintiff cases and class actions. He also oversaw the combination of Bank of America and Countrywide Financial's mortgage litigation teams following the 2008 merger of the two banks.

The head of White & Case's investment funds practice, MATTHEW JUDD, has moved to Ropes & Gray in London. Judd, a partner, has a fund formation practice covering work with private equity, infrastructure, real estate, funds of funds, and venture funds.

CHRISTINE SWANICK has jumped from Dorsey & Whitney to Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in New York. Swanick, a partner in the firm's finance group, specializes in commercial financing and other credit transactions, particularly in the area of Native American tribe–related financing projects. Earlier in her career she worked as in-house counsel for tribes in Michigan, Arizona, and Colorado.

A team of oil and gas attorneys with experience on global energy projects in the Middle East has relocated from Dewey & LeBoeuf's Houston office to SNR Denton in Washington, D.C. KARL HOPKINS joins as a partner along with counsel SHON RAMEY and foreign legal specialist SINAN PISMISOGLU. Hopkins advises clients on the development, construction, start-up, and operation of international energy projects. Ramey focuses on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and financings. Pismisoglu, meanwhile, represents public and private entities in international litigation, project finance, construction, and other matters.

A six-attorney patent litigation group left Dorsey & Whitney last month for Winthrop & Weinstine. New shareholder DEVAN PADMANABHAN will lead Winthrop's patent litigation practice. The firm also gained shareholder SRI SANKARAN and four associates.

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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