The Churn

March 27, 2012 5:26 PM

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

Posted by Victor Li

CORRECTION: March 28, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EDT. The original version of this article incorrectly identified the firm where William Campbell worked immediately prior to joining BraunHagey & Borden. That firm is Chapman, Popik & White. The fifth paragraph of the story has been revised to reflect the correct information. We regret the error.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has increased its white-collar capabilities by adding prominent Washington, D.C.–based litigator KENNETH WAINSTEIN from O'Melveny & Myers. Wainstein, who has served as general counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, chief of staff to FBI director Robert Mueller, and U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., became the first assistant attorney general for homeland security at the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006.

Two years later, Wainstein became President George W. Bush's homeland security adviser in charge of coordinating the country's counterterrorist activities, including disaster preparedness and infrastructure protection. Wainstein left the federal government in January 2009 and joined O'Melveny the following month. While at the firm, he represented clients ranging from defense contractors facing Federal Corrupt Practices Act charges to business executives scrutinized by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Wainstein also negotiated a plea bargain agreement for former Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas in connection an incident in which pulled a gun on a teammate in the team's locker room.

In other Churn news . . .

Bingham McCutchen has beefed up its antitrust and trade regulation practice group by hiring EDWARD HENNEBERRY from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Henneberry, who has also served as senior competition enforcement officer in the European Union, will split his time between Bingham's Washington, D.C., and London offices.

Insurance litigator WILLIAM CAMPBELL has left Chapman, Popik & White for BraunHagey & Borden. Campbell, formerly a partner at DLA Piper, will serve as counsel and is the eighth attorney to join the firm since it opened in 2009.

Cooley has landed bankruptcy attorney ALI M.M. MOJDEHI. The San Diego–based Mojdehi, who was formerly Baker & McKenzie's North American bankruptcy chair, advises both debtors and creditors across a wide variety of industries, including real estate, construction, financial services, oil, and gas.

Covington & Burling has added two partners to its San Francisco office, bringing in capital markets attorney NORA GIBSON and IP litigator CLARA SHIN. Gibson boasts a strong Chinese capital corporate background and was previously of counsel at Jones Day. Shin arrives from Arnold & Porter, where, as a litigation partner, she recently represented in trademark litigation against Apple Inc. over use of the term "Appstore."

Fox Rothschild has made two new hires, announcing the arrivals of labor and employment partner DANIEL BERKLEY in San Francisco and litigator TAMARA MCNULTY in Washington, D.C. Berkley, a former field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, was previously a partner at Gordon & Rees, where he represented a range of clients, including companies in the health care and hospitality industries, in labor disputes. McNulty, previously senior counsel at Black & Veatch Special Projects Corporation, specializes in government contracts and green building practices.

KRISTEN GARCIA DUMONT is now a labor and employment partner at Goodwin Procter in the firm's Menlo Park, California, office. The former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner represents technological companies on a wide range of employment disputes.

Jones Day has augmented its antitrust practice by hiring NICK TAYLOR as a global competition law partner in its Sydney office. Taylor, who joins the firm from Gilbert + Tobin, where he was a partner, also has government experience, having reviewed mergers for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. He handles matters in Australia and several other Asian countries, including China, India, Korea, and Pakistan.

Illinois state senator KWAME RAOUL has joined the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady as a partner in the firm's labor and employment group. Raoul is running for reelection for the seat he has held since 2004, whose previous occupant was Barack Obama.

Sidley Austin has snagged Bingham McCutchen's labor and employment cochair, WENDY LAZERSON. The Palo Alto–based Lazerson will join the firm's labor, employment, and immigration group. Her practice includes national employment class actions, as well as individual discrimination cases.

BIZUNESH "BIZ" SCOTT, a special assistant to the president of the United States, has moved to Steptoe & Johnson, where she will be an energy and transportation partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Scott served as chief counsel for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation before being appointed by President Barack Obama to advise him and the cabinet on filling key administration posts. Among the positions she advised on were vacancies at the departments of Energy, Transportation, Interior, and Agriculture; the EPA; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); the Chemical Safety Board; and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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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