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The steady drip of departures from Bingham McCutchen continues, as Washington, D.C.–based real estate finance specialist ERICA WEISS has joined Holland & Knight as a partner, her new firm announced Monday.

Weiss represents financial institutions as well as pension fund advisers and developers in a range of real estate finance transactions, including asset-based lending transactions, syndicated financings and participating loans.

Her departure comes on the heels of litigation partner Michael Sherman’s move from Bingham to the Sherman Oaks, Calif., office of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, which we reported in The Churn last week.

Sherman, who joined Bingham as part of the firm’s 2007 merger with Alschuler Grossman, plans to launch a business litigation practice for Los Angeles–based Stubbs Alderton—which has to this point focused exclusively on transactional work.

Sherman—who recently represented Vonage America Inc. in its defense against a putative class action claiming that the telecom billed consumers for unnecessary monthly fees—tells The Am Law Daily that “the draw of Stubbs Alderton is that it is the preeminent emerging companies firm in Southern California.”

The departures of Sherman and Weiss are the latest in a string of losses Bingham has endured in the wake of what was a historically poor financial performance last year. The firm—whose gross revenue plummeted 12.6 percent, to $762 million, in 2013—lost a cross-practice team of four attorneys, including three partners and one of counsel, spread across Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., to Morgan Lewis earlier this month. Those losses followed the defection of a trio of San Francisco litigators who joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton last month. That followed the group move of at least nine real estate attorneys to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Bingham has also seen various practice leaders depart in recent months even as it made some lateral hires of its own, according to our prior reporting.



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The Washington, D.C., office of Alston & Bird is growing with the addition of partner COLIN ROSKEY, who returns to the firm after spending a year at Cozen O’Connor. Roskey, who practices in the firm’s health care group, is a former health policy adviser and counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

D. TREY JORDAN is now counsel in the Jackson, Miss., office of Burr & Forman after leaving his post as senior counsel and chief compliance officer for W.J. Bradley Financial Services. Jordan will advise clients on regulatory compliance as well as financial transactions and litigation matters. The firm also announced the arrival of BRIAN WATSON as counsel in Orlando, where he will join the corporate and tax group as well as the banking and real estate group. Watson previously worked at Broad and Cassel.

Restructuring and insolvency attorney SHAYA ROCHESTER has left the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to join Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle as a partner.

Energy attorney JEFFREY JAKUBIAK has left Troutman Sanders to be of counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Jakubiak will work with the firm’s energy regulatory and corporate practices, advising on regulatory aspects of energy transactions as well as representing electric utilities in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission investigations.

Greenberg Traurig welcomes WILLIAM MACK as of counsel in the firm’s government law and policy practice and its financial regulatory and compliance practice. Based in New York, Mack most recently served as principal counsel for enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

The Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart recently absorbed local tax boutique Crapo Smith, adding three attorneys to the firm’s tax practice. DAVID CRAPO and PAMELA HUNSAKER arrive as of counsel, along with an associate.

In addition to adding Weiss from Bingham, Holland & Knight also recently hired a pair of financial services regulatory attorneys in Miami from Florida firm Gunster, according to sibling publication Daily Business Review. ANDRES FERNANDEZ, who served as cochair of Gunster’s banking and financial services practice, joins as a partner, while GABRIEL CABALLERO comes on board as a senior counsel.

Former Paul Hastings attorney EDGAR KHALATIAN is now a partner in the Los Angeles office of Mayer Brown. Khalation is working in the firm’s government and global trade group, representing investors and developers in regulatory aspects of real estate transactions.

McGuireWoods has announced that COLON WILLOUGHBY, the district attorney for Wake County, N.C., is stepping down from that post to join the firm’s Raleigh office at the beginning of May. Willoughby, who has spent nearly three decades in the district attorney’s office, will work in the firm’s government regulatory and criminal investigations practice. McGuireWoods is also expanding its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of ROSEMARY BECCHI as a partner in the tax and employee benefits practice. Becchi was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Patton Boggs, where she served as deputy chair of the tax and financial services policy practice.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is expanding in North Carolina with the additions of partners B.T. ATKINSON (in Charlotte) and R. SCOTT TOBIN (in Raleigh). Atkinson, who advises financial institutions on M&A transactions, arrives from Bryan Cave. Tobin was previously a managing member at Johnston Tobin, where he focused on technology finance, M&A and business litigation work.

Sibling publication The Asian Lawyer reported last week that Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has added two new partners in Tokyo. ANTHONY RAVEN and SIMON BARRETT join Pillsbury from Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons, respectively, and will both be part of their new firm’s energy and infrastructure projects team.

JOHN HAMILTON has been added to the corporate practice of Troutman Sanders as a partner based in Orange County, Calif. Hamilton, a former partner at Rutan & Tucker, most recently worked at an electronic component manufacturing company he cofounded called Bracke Manufacturing. The firm is also growing its New York office by hiring bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney DEBBIE REPEROWITZ as a partner in the financial services litigation practice. Previously with Reed Smith, Reperowitz has served as a mediator in the Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy.

The Chicago office of Ulmer & Berne has landed commercial litigator DAVID POPE, who joins as a partner from Mayer Brown. Pope represents financial institutions in complex litigation matters such as consumer class actions and securities litigation as well as government investigations.

Julie Triedman contributed reporting to this article.

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