Venable has opened a new office in Wilmington, Delaware, its seventh on the East Coast and eighth nationwide. The firm announced Tuesday that is has hired JAMIE EDMONSON, a lawyer specializing in bankruptcies, restructurings, and liquidations, to lead the new office.

Until her hire about a month and a half ago—the opening was kept quiet until the office was up and running—Edmonson worked at Delaware-based law firm Bayard as a director, the firm’s term for partner.

Edmonson is currently the only full time attorney in Delaware for Venable but is regularly joined by attorneys from some of the firm’s other offices, including those in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

Although Edmonson said the office would still handle local work, she said that she hopes the move to a bigger firm—Venable has nearly 500 attorneys, compared to Bayard’s less than 20—would allow her to take on larger assignments.

In other Churn news…

CHRIS CAULFIELD has lateraled from the partnership of Squire Sanders to Baker Botts, where he joins as a partner. Based in the firm’s London office, Caulfield will focus on civil litigation and export control.

Barnes & Thornburg has added ROY GINSBURG to its Minneapolis team. The new partner will be working with the labor and employment group, with a particular focus on employment and commercial litigation. Most recently, Ginsburg was a partner with Dorsey & Whitney.

JASON FOX has become a senior partner in Bracewell & Giuliani’s energy finance practice in London. Fox was previously a partner with Herbert Smith Freehills, focusing his practice on the oil and gas industry.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton lost two partners this week to Cooley: KEVIN ROONEY, formerly the head of Sheppard Mullin’s emerging growth, venture capital, and technology mergers and acquisitions practices, and LOUIS LEHOT, who chaired the firm’s capital markets and public company mergers and acquisitions practices. Both left to be partners in Cooley’s business group in Palo Alto.

CLAIRE HALL has lateraled from White & Case, where she was an associate, to an of counsel position with DLA Piper in Los Angeles. Hall will be practicing with the finance and derivatives practice team.

has returned to Edwards Wildman Palmer after 10 years in-house at Arch Insurance Group, most recently as a senior adviser to management. Nilsen joins as counsel in the insurance and reinsurance practice in New York.

Starting at the end of March, STEVEN RUSSO, deputy commissioner and general counsel to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will be practicing law with Greenberg Traurig. Russo, hired as a partner, will also act as chair of the firm’s environmental practice in New York, where he will be based. His areas of specialty include natural gas development and environmental impact analysis.

After 18 years with Seyfarth Shaw, KARI ERICKSON LEVINE has moved to Jones Day as a partner. Levin remains in San Francisco and will work with the firm’s labor and employment practice. Also joining Jones Day this week is SUMESH SAWHNEY, previously head of the India corporate practice at Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance. Sawhney will be a partner in the mergers and acquisitions practice and will remain based in London.

Former Federal Communications Commission official ANGELA GIANCARLO has returned to private practice with Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Giancarlo was chief of staff and senior legal adviser to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. The attorney joins Mayer Brown as a partner in the government and global trade group, where she will focus on regulatory and compliance issues. LEWIS GREENWALD has also joined Mayer Brown’s expanding tax practice as a partner. Now based in New York, he was most recently chair of Sullivan & Worcester’s tax practice in Boston.

Environmental law attorney JAMES MCTARNAGHAN has joined the San Francisco office of Perkins Coie as a partner. McTarnaghan’s clients include companies in the traditional energy, renewable energy, and communications industries, as well as California-based municipalities and public agencies. He was last a partner with Duane Morris.

Two years after helping Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman build its then newly opened Silicon Valley office, DOUGLAS LUMISH is leaving the firm for Latham & Watkins. As reported by sibling publication The Recorder, Lumish is making the move with intellectual property partners JEFFREY HOMRIG and GABRIEL GROSS, also based in Silicon Valley, and MICHAEL EISENBERG, in New York. This moves, which are still in the works, will leave Kasowitz with no partners in Palo Alto, according to The Recorder.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo has welcomed ROBERT BURWELL in its San Francisco office. Burwell, who moves from Latham & Watkins’s private equity practice, will be working on corporate and securities matters as a member, the firm’s term for partner.

Reed Smith has expanded its New York office with the hire of JEFFREY PAGE as a new partner in the financial industry group. Page, who was previously a partner with Riemer & Braunstein, has gained experience in financial services transactions, particularly in cases involving commercial real estate matters.

CHRISTOPHER LAVIGNE is leaving the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York, where he worked on the securities and commodities fraud task force, to join Shearman & Sterling. Starting March 25, LaVigne will be working as counsel with the securities and white-collar enforcement practices from the firm’s New York office.

Three Cozen O’Connor attorneys have left the firm to join Schiff Hardin’s corporate and securities practice as partners. RALPH DE MARTINO, former chair of the global securities practice group at Cozen, and ALEC ORUDJEV, who specializes in federal securities and corporate law, will work primarily from the Washington, D.C., office. The third new partner, CAVAS PAVRI, will spend most of his time in the Philadelphia branch.

Sidley Austin has added MARK THOMPSON, who will work in both New York and London. Thompson was hired as a partner to represent private equity funds and fund sponsors as a member of the mergers and acquisitions and private equity practices. He was previously a partner at King & Spalding.

SNR Denton hired four new attorneys this week. MARK LUNN is leaving former firm Arent Fox, where he was a partner, to join SNR Denton’s international trade practice as a partner. Based in the Washington, D.C., office, Lunn specializes in global trade policy and litigation, export controls, and anticorruption statutes. JOHN HARRIS also joins the firm as a partner, in the Los Angeles office, to work on energy and environmental matters. Harris joined from Meyers Nave, where he was last a partner and chair of the oil, gas and energy practice. Two associates are joining Harris in the move.

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