CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK, currently the senior associate judge for the New York State Court of Appeals, will be joining Greenberg Traurig’s New York office January 14. As reported by sibling publication New York Law Journal, Ciparick is leaving the state’s highest court because she reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Ciparick tells The Am Law Daily she chose Greenberg Traurig, where she will be of counsel in the litigation and appellate departments, for the firm’s commitment to public service. Having a few good friends at the firm helped too: “I’m looking forward to this new adventure,” Ciparick says. “I’ve been a judge for 35 years altogether; I’m used to being in a neutral position. Now I will be an advocate, so it will be very different in that sense.”

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Ciparick to the New York State Court of Appeals in 1994, making her the first Hispanic and second woman to hold a position on the court. In 2007, Ciparick was appointed for a second term by then-Governor Eliot Spitzer. Over the years, Ciparick participated in cases weighing issues such as the separation of church and state, the death penalty, and school funding.

Greenberg Traurig also announced this week it is strengthening its litigation practice with the arrival of JOSHUA RASKIN, previously with Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann. Raskin joins as a shareholder in the intellectual property and technology practice and will be based in the firm’s London arm, where he will work on patent and trademark litigation.

In other Churn news . . .


Dykema Gossett has hired DARYLL MARSHALL as senior counsel in its Chicago office’s corporate finance practice. Formerly a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Marshall handles financing and secured transactions, leveraged acquisitions, and restructuring matters. 

AILEEN MEEHAN, a transactional lawyer for the past 25 years, is moving to Edwards Wildman Palmer as a partner in the insurance and reinsurance practice. Based in the firm’s New York City branch, Meehan will work on mergers and acquisitions and stock and asset acquisitions in the insurance, retail, and healthcare sectors. Prior to coming to Edwards Wildman, Meehan was a corporate partner at Day Pitney. Edwards Wildman also recently hired JOHN YIU, who joins the firm’s commercial litigation team as a partner in the Hong Kong office, as reported by sibling publication Asian Lawyer. Yiu was previously a partner with ONC Lawyers, based in Hong Kong.

After practicing law with McDermott Will & Emery for nearly 30 years, CHRISTOPHER DONOVAN has moved to Foley & Lardner’s Boston office. Hired as a partner, Donovan will specialize in mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, buyouts, and restructuring as part of the health care team and business law department.

Jones Day announced the arrival of YVETTE MCGEE BROWN, who comes to the firm as a partner after spending two years as a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. Brown first joined the bench in 1992, when she was elected to Ohio’s Franklin County Common Pleas Court in the domestic relations and juvenile division. After 10 years there, she retired to launch the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Brown will be a part of Jones Day’s business and tort litigation team in the firm’s Columbus branch.

McCarter & English litigator WILLIAM GREENBERG was appointed as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims by President Barack Obama on December 27 and sworn in to office the following day. As a partner in McCarter’s Newark office for 19 years, Greenberg focused on business litigation. He also developed a specialty in military issues, in part through his 27 years of service with U.S. Army Reserves.

McDermott Will & Emery has snatched up two Sutherland Asbill & Brennan attorneys, STEPHEN FRANZ and DIANN SMITH, for its tax practice in Washington, D.C. Franz joins as a partner and will focus his work on state tax controversy and tax policy matters. Smith, who previously worked at McDermott as a tax partner between 1995 and 1998, is joining as counsel and will advise clients on multistate unclaimed property compliance and voluntary disclosure opportunities.

Former assistant U.S. attorney RYAN MCCONNELL is the latest addition to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’s growing litigation practice. McConnell joins as a partner, advising clients on compliance matters from the firm’s Houston office. Since leaving the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011, McConnell has done research on the codes of conduct of Fortune 500 companies. Another lateral hire for Morgan Lewis this week is WILL IWASCHUK, who joins the firm as a partner in the investment management and securities industry practice in New York. Iwaschuk last served as a vice president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs.

MIKE PIERIDES is leaving the partnership of Pinsent Masons to join Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as a partner in the global sourcing department. Pierides, who specializes in outsourcing and procurements, especially related to information technology outsourcing, will be based in London and is bringing along two associates.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has announced a combination with Houston-based law firm Powers & Frost. As a result, Powers & Frost cofounding partner SHARLA FROST has been named managing partner of Wilson Elser’s Houston operation, which will continue to function as two geographically separate offices until new real estate is secured. Frost joins with five of counsel and two associates focusing on commercial litigation, employment law, and class actions. The new counsel are JAMES POWERS, GWENDOLYN FROST, SHAWN GOLDEN, CLIVE MARKLAND, and LAURA RAHMAN.

More than eight months after signaling his intention to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, STEPHEN JAGUSCH has finally joined the firm’s London office as a partner. Jagusch, the former global chair of Allen & Overy’s international arbitration practice, was placed on gardening leave after giving notice there in April. “I am looking forward to being at a firm that focuses solely on business disputes and is not saddled with the many conflicts of interest of a big transactional firm,” Jagusch said in a statement announcing his start at Quinn, where he will lead the international arbitration practice.

Roetzel & Andress has welcomed three new partners in Florida, JON MAY, ANDREW DEMERS, and PAUL GIORDANO, along with one associate. May joins the white-collar and government regulatory practice from his own firm, May & Cohen, where he specialized in the defense of individuals accused of violations of federal law, such as mortgage or health care fraud and money laundering. Demer’s practice focuses on banking and commercial contract disputes and was last with Fowler White Boggs, where he was a partner. Commercial litigator Giordano, also previously with Fowler White Boggs, will advise clients on creditor’s rights, partnership disputes, and commercial foreclosures.

JEAN YU, an employee benefits attorney, is now of counsel at Venable’s Los Angeles office in the tax and wealth planning group. She was hired from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where she was an associate. 

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