A week after luring seven shareholders from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Littler Mendelson has hired another batch of attorneys from the same firm.
TAMIKA NORDSTROM, previously a shareholder in Ogletree’s Atlanta office, is joining Littler with a team of five associates scattered across Ogletree offices in several cities. With her new firm, Nordstrom will continue to handle a wide range of cases of labor and employment litigation, including trade secret matters, discrimination, and wage-and-hour disputes.
Last week, The Am Law Daily reported on the resignation of former Ogletree vice-chairman and shareholder Don Prophete, who led six of his fellow shareholders to Littler.
Nordstrom says she had not been looking to leave Ogletree, but Prophete’s move to Littler created a number of opportunities at the latter firm.
In other Churn news…
DOUGLAS BRANDON, formerly general counsel at TerreStar Networks, a mobile communications provider, is moving to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. A partner, Brandon will be based in Washington, D.C., where he will work with the firm’s communications and information technology team.
Magic circle firm Clifford Chance welcomes EMILY DISTEFANO as an asset finance partner in New York, where she will specialize in aviation industry–related work. Prior to making the move, DiStefano was a counsel in Debevoise & Plimpton’s corporate practice.
GERALD GEORGE, an environmental litigator, has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. George had been with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman since 2005, most recently as a senior counsel specializing in regulatory matters. Also joining Davis Wright this week are partners MARK PERLIS, from Dickstein Shapiro, and GLENN BENSON, who was previously with Perkins Coie. Perlis and Benson will be based in Washington, D.C., and will be part of the energy and environmental practice.
In Chicago, PAUL STEADMAN and MATTHEW SATCHWELL have lateraled from Kirkland & Ellis to DLA Piper. Steadman, an intellectual property attorney with a focus on trade secrets, trademark, and copyright matters joins DLA as a partner, while Satchwell, who advises clients in communications and technology, joins as of counsel.
Edwards Wildman Palmer has bolstered its business law department by hiring HOWARD JIANG as partner and JIE XIU as counsel. Previously with Troutman Sanders, where Jiang was a partner and Xiu an associate, the two attorneys focus on a range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, business ventures, and securities and corporate governance.
CHAKA PATTERSON has left Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he was of counsel, to join the partnership of Jones Day in Chicago. Patterson, a trial and appellate lawyer, will work with Jones Day’s business and tort litigation team, representing clients in government investigations and litigation.
ANTHONY NEWTON is joining K&L Gates’s energy and infrastructure projects and transactions practice in Houston, where he will expand the firm’s capabilities in oil and gas exploration and production. Newton, who joins as a partner, was formerly with Haynes and Boone.
Kaye Scholer has hired former New York state court Justice JAMES CATTERSON, who most recently served as an associate justice in the state’s appellate division. Catterson will be a member of Kaye Scholer’s complex commercial litigation practice as special counsel.
McGuireWoods has added a new partner to its product liability and mass torts practice. DIANE FLANNERY, previously a partner with Jones Day in Atlanta, will be joining McGuireWoods’s Richmond office.
Two Stevens & Lee partners are leaving the firm to join Potter Anderson & Corroon in Delaware. MATTHEW O’TOOLE and ROBERT SYMONDS were both members of Stevens & Lee’s corporate, finance, and capital markets practice.
Food and drug attorneys EDGAR ASEBEY-BIRKHOLM and JAMES O’REILLY have joined Roetzel & Andress as partner and of counsel, respectively. Asebey-Birkholm, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will serve as the firm’s Food and Drug Administration industry group manager. O’Reilly will focus on life sciences and he will practice out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Both were previously with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, where Asebey-Birkholm was chair of the food and drug practice.
BRIAN ARBETTER has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton from Baker & McKenzie, bringing along a senior associate. Both will be practicing in the firm’s labor and employment group, and will be based in Chicago, although Arbetter will work out of Los Angeles regularly.
Ulmer & Berne has hired former Winston & Strawn partner THOMAS WILLIAMS, a veteran trademark litigator, as a partner in its intellectual property and technology practice in Chicago.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has expanded its antitrust practice by hiring STUART CHEMTOB as senior of counsel. Based in Washington, D.C., Chemtob has spent the past 30 years in the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division, where he most recently served as special counsel for international trade.
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