The Churn
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PAUL LILLIOS has joined Akerman as a litigation partner in Chicago after leaving his previous role as a chief administrative law judge with the U.S. Social Security Administration. Lillios will represent clients in business disputes and health care fraud and abuse matters as well as white-collar crime and government investigations.

Litigator MALCOLM MCNEIL is now a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox, where he will advise clients in such industries as aviation, manufacturing, publishing, retail and textiles.

Baker Donelson is launching a Tallahassee office by hiring two shareholders. Former Broad and Cassel litigation partner KELLY OVERSTREET JOHNSON will head the new office while DENA SOKOLOW joins the firm’s labor and employment group from Allen Norton & Blue.

Bracewell & Giuliani has hired SHAMOIL SHIPCHANDLER, the former deputy criminal chief for the Eastern District of Texas’ U.S. Attorney’s Office, as a partner in Dallas. Joining the firm’s white-collar practice, Shipchandler investigated and prosecuted white-collar cases involving securities fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, computer sabotage, public corruption and immigration fraud.

The European competition practice at Covington & Burling is growing as the firm announced the hiring of Brussels-based partner JOHAN YSEWYN from Clifford Chance. Also, PETER CAMESASCA is returning to the firm’s Brussels office as a partner after spending two years as a solo practitioner. Ysewyn, who will head Covington’s European competition practice, works on global and European cartel investigation while also advising clients on international and Belgian antitrust law matters related to M&A, compliance and abuse of dominance issues. Camesasca, previously a partner at Howrey before joining Covington in 2010, advises clients in such sectors as aviation, chemicals, maritime and telecommunications.

Fox Rothschild has added IP attorney PERLA KUHN as a partner in its New York office. Previously with Edwards Wildman, Kuhn joins the firm’s trademark practice, where she will handle trademark, copyright, licensing and anticounterfeiting issues.

A team of five attorneys, including two partners and one counsel, has left the soon-to-close bankruptcy law boutique Stutman, Treister & Glatt and is headed to the New York office of Goodwin Procter. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN and WILLIAM WEINTRAUB join as partners, while EAMONN O’HAGAN is counsel. The attorneys will be a part of the firm’s financial restructuring practice.

The Bogotá office of Holland & Knight announced its agreement to a 13-lawyer team from local firm Suárez Zapata Partners Abogados that includes one partner: JOSE VICENTE ZAPATA. He will join the firm in May, along with 12 associates, and the team will advise on various M&A, corporate, project finance and infrastructure matters.

EDWARD BARKER, the former general counsel for nonprofit health care organization Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Inc. (SCL), is now a senior counsel in the health care, life sciences and pharmaceuticals practice of Husch Blackwell. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Barker oversaw all of SCL’s insurance, legal, regulatory, risk management and workers’ compensation matters.

Energy lawyer MARK ROBECK has left Baker Botts, where he cochaired that firm’s energy litigation practice, and has signed on with Kelley Drye & Warren in Washington, D.C. Robeck represents energy clients in such litigation matters as commercial disputes, environmental claims and securities claims as well as criminal investigations.

Two former Lane Powell litigators have rejoined the firm as shareholders after spending more than a decade at Mills Meyers Swartling in Seattle. STEPHANIA DENTON focuses on insurance coverage issues as well as class action litigation and health care disputes, while DAVID SCHOEGGL represents insurers as well as clients in the aviation and manufacturing industries.

Littler Mendelson has added employment and labor law attorney PHILIP STORM as a shareholder in the firm’s Chicago office. Storm, who arrives from consulting firm Accenture, will work on the firm’s corporate compliance and ethics, international employment law and whistle-blowing teams.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges sees yet another departure as MICHAEL KAM leaves the firm to join Linklaters’ New York office as senior counsel and national practice head for the U.S. executive compensation and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) group.

Banking and finance partner “HENRY” HONG LIU has left Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman to join Mayer Brown’s New York office. Liu—who works on such matters as financing, debt offerings, M&A and infrastructure projects—advises both Asian companies doing business in the U.S. as well as U.S. and other companies doing business in Asia.

SIMON NEILSON-CLARK is now a restructuring and insolvency partner in the London office of McGuire Woods. Most recently with DLA Piper, he will represent clients with respect to U.K. and international financial restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution.

Morris, Manning & Martin’s Washington, D.C., office is welcoming two new real estate partners. WENDELIN “WENDY” WHITE and ELIZABETH “BETSY” KARMIN are joining the firm from Pillsbury and DLA Piper, respectively, to establish the firm’s commercial real estate and real estate investment trust (REIT) practice in the nation’s capital. White will also cochair the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and chair the real estate practice in that city.

Phelps Dunbar is expanding its Tampa office with the hiring of SHARON BRITTON as counsel in the firm’s litigation group. Britton, formerly with the Lauro Law Firm, focuses on contract, entertainment, health care, IP and securities litigation matters.

The New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel has added former federal prosecutor MICHAEL YAEGER as special counsel in the firm’s litigation group. Yaeger, who most recently spent the past six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, will focus on white-collar criminal defense and investigations as well as securities enforcement, internal investigations and accounting fraud.

JORGE PEREZ has left McDonald Hopkins to join the litigation practice at Squire Sanders as of counsel in Miami. A former Circuit Court Judge in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, Perez represents corporate clients in complex commercial and financial services litigation 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.