A trio of lawyers from Patton Boggs have moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Washington, D.C., office to expand the energy regulatory practice. The new additions are SUEDEEN KELLY, a former commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who joins as partner and cochair of the energy regulatory group; GEORGE “CHIP” CANNON JR., who joins as a partner; and CYNTHIA MARLETTE, a former general counsel at FERC, who will work as senior counsel.

In Birmingham, Alabama, economic development attorney ALEX LEATH has moved from Balch & Bingham to Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, where he joins as a partner along with three associates. Leath works on economic development projects throughout the southeastern United States; such as his recent advisement of Volkswagen Group of America on the selection of a site for the company’s U.S. manufacturing headquarters.

Barnes & Thornburg made a pair of partner hires in Chicago. LINDSEY DATES, previously with Jones Day, joins the litigation group, and DANIEL LAWLER, last with K&L Gates, joins the health care department.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg has lost MICHAEL KING to Edwards Wildman Palmer in Chicago. King, who joins as a partner, is a civil and criminal litigator practicing in areas such as white-collar crime, intellectual property, antitrust, and employment. Before joining Neal Gerber in March 2011, King worked at Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he had helped found the Chicago office of Dewey predecessor firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.

The Singapore office of Jones Day has expanded through the hire of MATTHEW SKINNER, formerly with Allens, as a partner in the global disputes practice. Skinner specializes in alternative dispute resolution, including in court and arbitration tribunals.

The newest partner at Kaye Scholer is TERRI MAZUR, who joins in New York as a litigation partner. Mazur, previously with Mayer Brown, focuses on securities litigation and investigations, primarily in the financial services industry, as well as antitrust work.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo had added PAUL DICKERSON as of counsel in the energy and clean technology practice. Dickerson joins from Haynes and Boone, where he founded the firm’s clean tech practice. He has also worked as the chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

GEORGE SILFEN, previously with Schulte Roth & Zabel, is now a partner in the New York office of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. A corporate attorney, Silfen advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters associated with investment companies. Earlier in his career, he worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

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