The Churn
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Baker & Hostetler has added ALAN FRIEL as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Previously with Edwards Wildman & Palmer, Friel advises clients on media convergence and privacy issues and represents clients in acquisitions, financing, distribution, development, publishing and financing transactions.

Cozen O’Connor has expanded in London by hiring litigators MARK MEYER and PAUL DOWSEY as members. The pair practice in the insurance and reinsurance fields. Meyer arrives from Edwards Wildman & Palmer, while Dowsey moves over from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.

Dentons has recently made a series of hires in Washington, D.C. Joining the firm as a partner is RICHARD HORN, who was previously senior counsel and special adviser with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Horn will advise clients on federal and state regulatory compliance issues. Three federal government veterans, meanwhile, have joined Dentons’ D.C. office as counsel of late: SETH HARRIS, JEFF LANE and EUGENE DEGNAN. Harris is a former deputy Labor Department secretary who also spent six months as acting Labor secretary. Lane was the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs. Degnan, who was previously with the Commerce Department, focuses on international trade.

The newest hire at Kaye Scholer, ADAM GOLODNER, will head the firm’s new global cybersecurity and privacy group. Based in Washington, D.C., Golodner is a former Cisco Systems executive whose practice focuses on global legal and policy issues related to cybersecurity and privacy, including policy and regulatory advocacy, litigation, corporate governance and transactions.

German lawyer JOHANNES PERLITT has moved from Clifford Chance to Jones Day in Frankfurt. A partner in his new firm’s M&A practice, Perlitt advises clients on public takeovers and corporate law.

CARMEN LAWRENCE has lateraled from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson to King & Spalding. Lawrence, a former director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Northeast region, was cohead of the securities enforcement and white-collar criminal defense group at her former firm. She joins King & Spalding as a partner in New York.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has hired JESSE BRODY as a partner in Los Angeles. Brody, previously a partner and cochair of Edwards Wildman & Palmer’s gaming practice, has experience in legal and regulatory issues related to advertising, entertainment, technology, new media and privacy.

RICHARD SMITH, who previously held in-house jobs with Barclays and Goldmach Sachs and was most recently with Allen & Overy, has joined Reed Smith as partner in the firm’s corporate and securities group in New York. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets and arbitration. He most recently worked at Allen & Overy.

Stinson Leonard Street has made JOHNNY WANG, formerly an associate at Polsinelli, a partner in its St. Louis office. Wang represents companies, nonprofit organization and public entities in employment-related matters.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.