The Churn
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The head of the criminal division for the vaunted U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is joining Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s white-collar and regulatory defense practice next month. Paul Weiss touted its hire of LORIN REISNER in a press release late Thursday, the day after The New York Times reported that he would leave government service.

Reisner, 52, was previously a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, but left the firm in 2009 to become head of the SEC’s enforcement division in New York, according to our previous reports. He then decamped from the SEC two years later to become head of the criminal division under U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Across the Atlantic, the newly minted Squire Patton Boggs, formed on June 1 via a merger between Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, announced its hire of a new U.K. real estate litigation head in ANDREW WALKER, a former partner at leading Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson.

Walker left Dundas & Wilson earlier this year as it prepared to merge with CMS Cameron McKenna, a firm where he had previously practiced. Walker’s hire by Squire Patton Boggs comes as the combined firm moves to restructure its lobbying practice under the leadership of former U.S. senators Trent Lott and John Breaux, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal.

While Squire Patton Boggs prepares for its future, some lawyers from legacy firm Patton Boggs have continued to find new homes. VINODA BASNAYAKE, a former special adviser with Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as counsel in the city, where he’ll chair the firm’s local government relations practice.

Greenberg Traurig, which last week poached former Patton Boggs construction law chair Robert Brams to head its government contracts and projects practice, has made another hire from the firm. MICHAEL SCHAENGOLD, a former government contracts partner with Patton Boggs in the Beltway, will now cohead that practice with Brams at Greenberg Traurig.

In other Churn news …

Bracewell & Giuliani has brought on tax partner ROBERT JACOBSON in Houston from Vinson & Elkins, where he was an associate. Jacobson’s practice focuses on structuring the federal income tax effects related to capital markets transactions.

ADRIAN JONES, an international dispute resolution partner in the London office of top Canadian firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, has joined Crowell & Moring’s office in the same city as a partner. Jones was previously an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf, but left the now-defunct firm for Fasken in 2009.

Delaware Law Weekly, a sibling publication, reports that Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom commercial litigation partner KAREN VALIHURA in Wilmington has been confirmed to fill a vacant seat on the Delaware Supreme Court. Valihura was nominated earlier this year by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, who chose her to fill the seat left open by the retirement of Jack Jacobs, who is poised to join Sidley Austin on Oct. 1.

DLA Piper has hired corporate partner CATHERINE POGORZELSKI in Luxembourg from Arendt & Medernach, where she worked in the leading local firm’s private equity, real estate and investment funds group. DLA did see two partners leave its shrinking Melbourne office as commercial law experts STEVEN CASPER and RICHARD MOSHINSKY joined local boutique SBA Law, according to Lawyers Weekly, which also notes that insurance partner ROBERT CRITTENDEN decamped from DLA’s Sydney office for local shop Meridian Lawyers.

MARK TATELBAUM, a former general counsel and assistant professor for public health policy at George Washington University, has joined Foley & Lardner’s health care practice as of counsel in Boston and Washington, D.C. Foley & Lardner has also hired another of counsel from academia in Chicago by bringing on bankruptcy and restructuring expert CHARLES TABB, who spent 30 years on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he holds an endowed chair.

GORDON NOVOD, a Brown Rudnick partner in New York who advises creditors in business bankruptcy proceedings, has left the firm for Grant & Eisenhofer, the plaintiffs shop founded in 1997 by two former Skadden partners. At Wilmington-based Grant & Eisenhofer, Novod will work out of New York and head the firm’s bankruptcy litigation practice.

Besides picking at the remains of Patton Boggs, Greenberg Traurig made two other hires of note this week. The firm added partner LORETTA TUELL in Washington, D.C., to its American Indian, government law and policy and gaming practice from her role as chief counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as corporate and securities partner SCOTT MACLEOD from Holland & Knight in Orlando. The Am Law Daily reported in 2010 on MacLeod’s role advising convicted Ponzi schemer Arthur Nadel, a so-called mini-Madoff who died in 2012.

Hinshaw & Culbertson has hired McKenna Long & Aldridge litigation partner ALAN KAUFMAN in New York. Kaufman joined McKenna Long in 2008 from the now-defunct Thacher Profitt & Wood, where he was an associate.

HEATHER PRESTON, a corporate tax partner with Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta, has left the firm for Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. She specializes in tax work related to real estate transactions.

Littler Mendelson, whose global network joined the ranks of the Swiss vereins late last year, has expanded its Mexico City office by hiring Baker & McKenzie labor and employment partner RICARDO MARTINEZ-ROJAS, who takes with him four associates. Littler did lose partner GREGORY REILLY III in New York to Martin Clearwater & Bell, where he’ll head the local firm’s labor and employment practice with a focus on health care.

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone as brought back energy and environmental regulatory senior counsel STEVEN CHESTER in Lansing from his role as a deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s office of enforcement and compliance assurance in Washington, D.C. Chester had previously been a partner at the firm before going on to serve as director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

PAUL ABBOTT, a former general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, has returned to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as of counsel in Boston. Broadcasting & Cable reports that Abbott had worked at Mintz Levin for a decade before becoming the Massachusetts agency’s legal chief in 2011. Last month Mintz Levin hired former state telecom commissioner Geoffrey Why as a partner.

Nixon Peabody has picked up employee benefits senior counsel DARCIE FALSIONI in Rochester from the Independent Health Association, the nonprofit health plan for New York State, for which she was senior counsel. Falsioni will work within Nixon Peabody’s labor and employment group.

New York’s Otterbourg P.C. has expanded its banking and finance practice by hiring Troutman Sanders partners JEFFREY ROSENTHAL and THOMAS DUIGNAN, both of whom joined Troutman last year from Greenberg Traurig. The duo, who specialize in lending and structured finance work, will also coordinate with Otterbourg’s robust distressed debt and insolvency practice.

Quarles & Brady has brought on Drinker Biddle & Reath of counsel LESLIE TECTOR as a health care partner in Milwaukee. Tector, a former senior counsel for GE Healthcare Worldwide, specializes in research compliance and regulatory health care and general corporate matters.

Troutman Sanders touted its hire this week of IP litigation partner CHARANJIT BRAHMA in Washington, D.C., from Greenberg Traurig, a firm he joined in 2011 from Kirkland & Ellis. Brahma, who primarily represents pharmaceutical companies, joins Troutman along with corporate partner CHENGFEI DING in Shanghai. Ding, previously a special counsel with Baker & McKenzie, focuses on capital markets and M&A transactions, according to sibling publication the Daily Report.

And it’s not every week that a partner departs from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, but JEREMY GOLDSTEIN did just that. The Am Law Daily caught up with the 40-year-old executive compensation partner, who left the firm this month to start his own boutique.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases, announcements and reporting. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.