The Churn

February 21, 2012 2:36 PM

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

Posted by Sara Randazzo

A trio of intellectual property partners—MARTIN BRUEHS, CHARLES BRUTON, and SCOTT CUMMINGS— have left Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney along with two associates, one patent agent, and three legal assistants for SNR Denton in Washington, D.C.

The three partners all served in leadership positions at Buchanan, Bruton as chair of the intellectual property litigation group; Bruehs as chair of the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech patent practice; and Cummings as chair of the material sciences practice.

Bruton's practice focuses on patent, trademark, and other commercial litigation. Bruehs specializes in patent prosecution covering technologies related to chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical and cosmetic products, and nanotechnology. Cummings, meanwhile, focuses on patent prosecution and litigation in the realms of technology, science, and engineering.

Buchanan Ingersoll still has more than 60 lawyers and other professionals in its IP group, according to a firm statement, which also says that the firm's clients "continue to receive experienced counsel in patent and trademark prosecution, patent and trademark litigation, licensing and transactions, interference proceedings, reexaminations and reissues."

In other Churn news . . .

SALLY RAMSEY-BROWN has left the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Nashville office, where she worked as a senior trial attorney, to become senior counsel at Adams & Reese. Still based in Nashville, Ramsey-Brown will advise on labor and employment and transportation and logistics law.

Baker & McKenzie has grabbed CHRISTOPHER HORN from Mayer Brown to be a partner in its New York office. Horn represents issuers and underwriters on structured finance transactions, with an emphasis on asset-backed securities offerings in the public and private markets.

WILLIAM MARCOUX, formerly cohead of Dewey & LeBoeuf's insurance sector group and a member of the firm's executive committee, has taken his practice to DLA Piper. As a partner in New York, Marcoux will head DLA's insurance sector transactions and regulation practice. He focuses on corporate restructurings, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, market conduct proceedings, insurance regulation, and government investigations and enforcement actions.

Drinker Biddle & Reath has added BRADFORD CAMPBELL as counsel in Washington, D.C. Campbell, whose practice covers employer-sponsored retirement and health and welfare benefits, joins from Schiff Hardin. Earlier in his career, Campbell led the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration.

The newest partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's New York office is ANDREW DADY, previously with Schulte Roth & Zabel. Dady has a real estate practice covering debt and equity finance, sales, acquisitions, and development.

K&L Gates has hired STEPHEN LEE as a corporate partner in Los Angeles. Lee last worked at Bryan Cave, which merged with his previous firm, Holme Roberts & Owen, in January. Lee advises buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and acquisitions.

Reed Smith has gained former federal prosecutor PABLO QUINONES as a partner in the firm's New York office. Quinones spent eight years in the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, most recently as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division. Earlier in his career, he was a litigator at Anderson Kill & Olick and associate general counsel at AmeriChoice Health Services. He joins Reed Smith's global regulatory enforcement group.

LISA JONES is headed to Sidley Austin's Washington, D.C., office from the Department of Justice. As counsel in the environmental practice, Jones will advise on federal agency approvals of energy, railroads, and other infrastructure-type projects, along with pollution-control statutes. While at the Justice Department, she most recently served as assistant section chief to the appellate section of the environment and natural resources division.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is expanding its tax practice with the addition of Sacramento lawyers CARLEY ROBERTS as a partner and PRENTISS WILLSON as of counsel. Roberts, previously a partner at Morrison & Foerster, is a California tax litigator focused on, among other issues, corporate income and sales/use tax cases. Willson, also a former Morrison & Foerster partner, most recently had his own practice. He specializes in state and local tax law.

GEOFFREY LONG has jumped from Bracewell & Giuliani to Thompson & Knight in Houston. A corporate partner, Long works on mergers and acquisitions, business-entity structuring, corporate governance, commercial transactions, and other transactional matters.

Day Pitney has lost a team of financial services lawyers to Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in New Jersey. The new Wilson Elser hires are partners ROGER GOTTILLA, MICHAEL TURNER, and SCOTT ZUBER and of counsel STEVEN SHELDON. The group, based in the firm's Florham Park office, practices in the areas of commercial finance, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, real estate, and related commercial litigation.

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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