The Phoenix office of Ballard Spahr is welcoming a new intellectual property litigator. KIMBERLY WARSHAWSKY joins as a partner and was last a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where she mostly worked on patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation and software license disputes.

BENJAMIN OLSON, the former deputy assistant director for the office of regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is now counsel with BuckleySandler. Based in Washington, D.C., Olson’s practice focuses on consumer financial protection regulation.

FRANK DEMENTO is the latest addition to Crowell & Moring’s New York office. Joining as senior counsel, DeMento will be a member of the insurance and reinsurance practice, and will focus his work on arbitrating, mediating, and litigating reinsurance disputes. Most recently, DeMento worked at XL Reinsurance America Inc., where his positions included vice president and claims counsel.

Day Pitney has hired CRAIG GIANETTI, who will work with the real estate, land use, and environmental team as a partner. Prior to his move, Gianetti was a senior associate with Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, concentrating his practice on commercial and residential real estate transactional issues as well as land use and redevelopment matters. 

LOVITA TANDY is returning to King & Spalding as a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice in Atlanta. Tandy had left King & Spalding in 2010 as a partner and diversity committee chair. Most recently she was an associate professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. 

LOUIS DIENES has joined Locke Lord’s corporate practice group as a partner in Los Angeles. Dienes will focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing and other business operations. He was previously a partner with Los Angeles–based firm TroyGould.

Perkins Coie announced the arrival of DOMINGO SUCH III in its Chicago office. Hired as a partner in the personal planning practice, the former McDermott Will & Emery partner will continue to advise clients on succession, financial, estate, and tax planning matters. 

Baker & McKenzie has lost partner SCOTT PALMER, who led the firm’s intellectual property practice in Beijing. Palmer has lateraled to the partnership of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, also in Beijing, where he will continue to advise clients on a wide range of matters such as litigation, trademark and copyright registration, and antipiracy issues.

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