Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has poached TODD NIERMAN, a founding shareholder and a former head of Littler Mendelson's Indianapolis office, to be a shareholder at the firm. A veteran labor and employment lawyer, Nierman represents employers in the defense of Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and employment lawsuits, and counsels clients on union avoidance, collective bargaining, and labor arbitrations.
Nierman's hiring comes on the heels of two groups of lawyers lateraling in the opposite direction between the two labor and employment firms. In April, a seven-lawyer team led by Don Prophete, formerly a vice-chairman and shareholder in Ogletree's Kansas City, Missouri, office, left to practice at Littler.
A month later, Ogletree shareholder Tamika Nordstrom departed the firm's Atlanta office with a team of five associates, citing Prophete's move as a factor in her decision to switch firms.
Littler had no comment on Nierman's move, and Nierman could not be reached for comment Friday.
In other Churn news . . .
Arent Fox has added a three-person complex litigation group consisting of new partners HOWARD GRAFF and NIKOL THOMPSON and an associate to its New York office. All moved over from Dickstein Shapiro. The firm also hired for its real estate practice in Washington, D.C., DAVID MARTIN as a partner and PATRICK NICKLER as of counsel, both from Patton Boggs.
Two Dykema Gossett partners and one associate have exited the firm for BuckleySandler. New partners RICHARD GOTTLIEB, a class action defense litigator, and FREDRICK LEVIN, a class action and securities lawyer, will be based in Los Angeles as well as Buckley's soon-to-be-opened Chicago office.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has added STEVEN ECKHAUS as a partner in New York, where he will head a new executive compensation and benefits practice for the firm. As noted in sibling publication New York Law Journal, Eckhaus moved over from Katten Muchin Rosenman.
In Atlanta, Carlton Fields has hired DAVE FORESTNER from McGuireWoods. The business litigator joins the firm as a partner.
ERIK CHALUT has left Loeb & Loeb to be a partner in the Chicago office of Dentons. His corporate practice includes representing companies in cross-border transactions and in corporate deals involving distress.
JENNY WHEATER has joined Duane Morris from Proskauer Rose. She will be based in the firm's London office as a partner in the corporate tax practice.
Foley & Lardner has expanded with the addition of two new partners, STUART FROSS in Boston and SHAO-YING MAUTNER in Shanghai. Fross, previously at K&L Gates, joins the firm’s private equity and venture capital practice. Mautner, who specializes in mergers and acquisitions and China-related disputes, will be Foley's chief representative for the Shanghai office. Before coming to Foley, Mautner founded and ran a legal consulting firm in Hong Kong called GC.GC., sibling publication Asian Lawyer reports.
The newest hire at Gibbons is DANIEL MARKHAM, who joins as a director in the firm's business and commercial litigation department in New York. He most recently was at Coughlin Duffy.
Jones Day has added CHARLOTTE BREUVART to its Brussels office and GEOFFREY GAVIN to its Atlanta office, both as partners. Breuvart, an antitrust and competition lawyer, came from Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Gavin, now part of the firm's patent litigation and counseling practice, moved over from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Former prosecutor PRIYA SOPORI has been hired by Locke Lord as a litigation partner in Los Angeles. She most recently served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California.
DANIEL GRUNFELD is now a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Los Angeles, where he will be the leader of the firm's West Coast litigation practice. Most recently with Kaye Scholer, Grunfeld previously served on then–Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's four-person executive team.
Nelson Mullins & Riley & Scarborough has opened a new office in Jacksonville. DANIEL NUNN and J. PHILLIP GIBBS will run the office as partners practicing corporate law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and securities. R. GENE ALDRIDGE will also run the office coming on as of counsel and will practice real estate and commercial lending law. All of the attorneys last worked at Fowler White Boggs.
Norton Rose Fulbright has gained GEORGE “NED” CRADY from King & Spalding and GRANT VINGOE from Arnold & Porter. Crady is now a partner for the firm’s energy transactions group in Houston, and Vingoe is a global legal securities partner in New York.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe now counts GUY SINGER as a partner in its white-collar and corporate investigations practice group in New York. Singer previously worked at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Sidley Austin's Palo Alto office has hired MARC GOTTSCHALK as a partner for its environmental, energy, and real estate practice. He comes to Sidley after a stint as the general counsel and chief business development officer of Proterra Inc., a maker of heavy-duty electric drive and energy storage systems and electric buses, sibling publication The Recorder reports. Earlier in his career he was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Troutman Sanders has added two commercial litigation partners, RYAN BERRY and LESLEY WHITCOMB FIERST, to its office in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The two lawyers came over from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker’s Philadelphia office has nabbed a father-son team from Christie, Pabarue, Mortensen and Young. JEROME BOGUTZ and MARC BOGUTZ come to Wilson Elser as partners, bringing one of their practice members with them. Wilson Elser's construction team has also expanded with the hire of BEN PATRICK as a partner in its Miami and San Francisco offices from construction firm Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald.
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