Correction, 8/20/13, 11:30 a.m. EDT: An earlier version of this story misidentified the locations of two lawyers joining Thompson & Knight. J. Thomas Gilbert is based in Los Angeles, and John Vacalis is based in Austin. The information has been corrected in the second paragraph below. We regret the error.
Thompson & Knight has added four attorneys from Patton Boggs, a partner and three counsel, to its trial practice group.
Partner PATRICK MCMANEMIN and counsel MICHAEL TRISTAN will be based in Thompson & Knight's Dallas office. Counsel J. THOMAS GILBERT is joining the firm's Los Angeles office, and counsel JOHN VACALIS will be based in Austin.
Asked why the group chose to leave Patton Boggs for Thompson & Knight, McManemin says, "It was a difficult decision based on the needs of clients, and the opportunities a national footprint provides. Having offices in Houston, Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco is good for our clients." McManemin adds that the team is bringing its clients along to Thompson & Knight.
Thompson & Knight managing partner Emily Parker said in a previously released statement, "McManemin and this team bring impressive litigation experience spanning a broad range of industries, including real estate and construction, energy, securities, finance, and banking….the synergies they bring to our strong real estate capital markets practice and oil and gas practice will enable us to increase our market share in these spaces."
In heading to a new firm, the four lawyers follow a wave of other Patton Boggs attorneys who have left that Washington, D.C.–based firm lately. In mid-July, two real estate attorneys, a partner and an of counsel, departed for Arent Fox's Washington, D.C. office. Also last month, Jackson Lewis picked up six Patton Boggs partners, while Holland & Knight hired 23 former Patton Boggs lawyers, including 12 partners, according to a report by sibling publication The Blog of Legal Times.
McManemin says he and the three former Patton Boggs lawyers joining him at Thompson & Knight were not motivated to make the move by the other departures their former firm has suffered recently.
Contacted for comment, Patton Boggs spokesman Elliot Frieder said, "We thank these attorneys for their service to the firm and wish them well in their new endeavors."
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JOSHUA BRADY has left Ivins, Phillips & Barker to become a partner in Bingham McCutchen's Washington, D.C. office. Brady focuses his practice on taxation issues related to mergers and acquisitions, distributions, restructuring, and other corporate matters.
DLA Piper has hired KAREN NELSON as of counsel in its Austin office. Nelson, who is joining DLA's health care enforcement and compliance practice, will focus mainly on Medicaid and Medicare laws and regulations, especially as they relate to the Affordable Care Act. Nelson previously served as deputy inspector general and chief counsel for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General.
Dickinson Wright's Toronto office has gained two new partners: EDWARD LEVITT and ALAN LITWACK. Levitt, who arrives from Aird & Berlis, joins Dickinson Wright's corporate practice and will focus on franchising and distribution law. Litwack, who arrives from Miller Thomson, will handle corporate and commercial matters.
STEVEN COWLEY has moved from Edwards Wildman Palmer to Duane Morris, where he will be a partner in the firm's Boston-based trial practice group and concentrate on complex business litigation.
R. BRUCE STEINERT has left Kirkland & Ellis's partnership to join Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in that firm's corporate and securities practice in San Francisco.
Haynes and Boone has expanded it capital markets and securities practice group with the addition of BRUCE MCNAMARA in Silicon Valley. McNamara was previously with Perkins Coie.
Jones Day has bolstered its Hong Kong–based banking and finance practice with the addition of DONNA HEALY, an of counsel who joins her new firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
ANN BENOLKEN has left Jackson Walker to become a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she will lead the firm's corporate practice in Austin.
JUSTINE PHILLIPS has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as special counsel in the firm's Del Mar, California–based labor and employment practice group. Phillips was previously with McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has expanded its labor and employment practice in Los Angeles with the addition of partner DEAN ROCCO from Jackson Lewis.
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