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Both Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs continue to make hires amid their ongoing merger talks, which sibling publication The Blog of Legal Times reported Friday appear headed toward a resolution with partners at the latter firm set to vote on a tie-up in the days ahead.

Patton Boggs, which has shrunk its operations over the past 18 months to the point that it now has fewer than 200 partners, recently added former Greenberg Traurig partner BRENDA CUBBAGE as a litigation of counsel in Dallas. (The firm did suffer the loss of one nonlawyer this week: veteran senior policy adviser Michael Drobac, a seasoned nonlawyer lobbyist in the media and telecommunications arena who joined the firm in 2012 and has now left for archrival Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.)

Cubbage left Greenberg Traurig in May 2008 to form Spencer Crain Cubbage Wilson Healy & McNamara with several other Am Law 200 alums. In December the firm—now known as Crain Wilson—said goodbye to former name partner Larry McNamara, who departed for national labor and employment firm FordHarrison. Former name partner Elise Healy, meanwhile, started her own shop late last year. Those moves came on the heels of another former name partner, Jennifer Spencer, joining Farrow-Gillespie & Heath in Dallas last summer.

Cubbage—Patton Boggs’ first major addition since the firm brought on Day Pitney of counsel Linda D’Onofrio as a New York-based tax partner in March—has 30 years of commercial litigation and mediation expertise.

Squire Sanders, meanwhile, has officially brought on real estate partner GARY PADDISON in London from DLA Piper following an extended “gardening leave.” Paddison, the former global cochair of DLA’s hospitality and leisure practice, was first reported to be headed to Squire Sanders in late December, according to U.K. publication The Lawyer.

Squire Sanders subsequently raided DLA’s London base for antitrust and regulatory partner MARTIN REES, whose hire the firm confirmed in early January. The Am Law Daily reported a week ago on the departures of several Squire Sanders partners amid the firm’s tie-up talks with Patton Boggs.

In other Churn news …

Allen & Overy has hired litigation and dispute resolution partner JOHN ROBERTI in Washington, D.C. Roberti joins A&O from Mayer Brown, where he was a group leader of the firm’s antitrust practice. The Magic Circle firm, which opened in the U.S. capital in June 2011, now has nearly 30 lawyers in the 3-year-old office.

Cozen O’Connor has nabbed Dentons insurance partner KEVIN KAMRACZEWSKI in Chicago as a member of its global insurance group. Kamraczewski joined Dentons predecessor Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in the late nineties.

LOUIS CHRONOWSKI, the former chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s franchise, distribution and dealer group, has joined Dykema Gossett as a Chicago-based litigation partner. Dykema increased the size of its Windy City operations significantly by merging with local firm Schwartz Cooper in 2008.

Goodwin Procter has brought on corporate partners CHRISTOPHER YU and ANDREW YANG in Hong Kong from, respectively, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer, which notes that both were associates at their former firms.

Hogan Lovells has joined Norton Rose Fulbright in shuttering its Prague office. Local partners MIROSLAV DUBOVSKY and PAVEL SKOPOVY are expected to open a local boutique and develop a referral relationship with Hogan Lovells, according to Legal Week. The U.K. publication notes that Hogan Lovells and its predecessor firms have had a presence in the Czech Republic’s capital since 1991.

Holland & Knight has expanded its Chicago office by adding tax partners DANIEL KRAUS and EDWARD LAM and counsel MICHAEL ROGERS from Greenberg Traurig (Rogers joins his new firm as senior counsel). The three lawyers, all of whom specialize in low-income housing tax credit issues, join Holland & Knight’s syndication group.

Three years after leaving Haynes and Boone’s Houston office for Akin Gump, litigation partner BRIAN ANTWEIL is on the move again, joining Katten Muchin Rosenman’s dispute resolution practice this month as a partner.

ROBERT CLAASSEN, the former chair of Paul Hastings’ corporate practice in Silicon Valley, has left the firm for Kaye Scholer’s Palo Alto outpost. Claassen spent seven years at Paul Hastings, which he joined in 2007 after serving as chair of the capital markets group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Kaye Scholer has been focused on restocking its West Coast operations, which have been hit with a bevy of lateral departures in recent months, according to sibling publication The Recorder.

Three months after Morgan, Lewis & Bockius litigation partner LESLIE CALDWELL outlined her priorities to Congress, the U.S. Senate has confirmed through a voice vote her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Dvision in Washington, D.C. Caldwell, a former head of the Justice Department’s Enron Task Force, joined Morgan Lewis in 2004.

THOMAS DONILON is returning to O’Melveny & Myers as a partner and vice chair of the firm’s policy committee in Washington, D.C., after three years spent serving as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal. Donilon’s tenure in the national security post yielded some memorable moments. To illustrate its story about his move, The NLJ used the famous photo in which he can be seen among the administration officials gathered to monitor the successful Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. The tough-talking political operative played by Stephen Dillane in 2012 action thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” is partly based on Donilon.

WINSTON PENHALL has rejoined Reed Smith’s London office as an alternative investment funds partner two years after leaving the firm to launch a funds practice for global accounting giant KPMG, according to Legal Week. Penhall, who was a senior manager at KPMG, is bringing an associate along with him.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has picked up partners SCOTT GAUTIER, JAMES MENTON, DAVID SHEMANO and HOWARD WEG by absorbing the bulk of Los Angeles-based bankruptcy boutique Peitzman Weg, according to The NLJ. Peitzman Weg name partner Lawrence Peitzman, meanwhile, will form his own Beverly Hills-based mediation services firm. Louis Kempinsky, another of the boutique’s former name partners, left in 2012.

New York’s Togut, Segal & Segal—another bankruptcy boutique—has hired Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman restructuring partner JEFFREY GLEIT. Gleit, who joined Kasowitz Benson in 2005, will continue to advise debtors and creditors in restructuring matters.

Troutman Sanders is opening an office in Charlotte by a recruiting a five-partner group from K&L Gates led by WALTER FISHER JR., cohead of the firm’s global real estate practice. Fisher will serve as managing partner of the office, according to sibling publication the Daily Report. The other K&L Gates partners making the move are G. LEE CORY JR., DAVID JONES, PATRICK RIDINGER and PAUL STEFFENS.

Vinson & Elkins has hired tax partner SHERI DILLON in Washington, D.C., from Bingham McCutchen. In coming aboard, Dillon reunites with former colleagues Gary Huffman and Joe Garcia Jr., who left Bingham for Vinson last year. Bingham, which is in the midst of a transition in its leadership ranks, had a tough year financially in 2013.

EDWARD SISKEL, a deputy White House counsel who stepped down last month, has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a regulatory and government affairs partner in Washington, D.C. Siskel, a former Wilmer associate, joined the White House from the Justice Department in 2011.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has hired Foley & Lardner partner MICHAEL McCLOSKEY—a chairman of the board for local nonprofit the Corporate Directors Forum—as a securities litigation of counsel in San Diego. The Am Law Daily reported this week on Foley’s decision to close its downtown San Diego office, sublease the space and consolidate its regional operations in Del Mar.

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