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Glenn Fine, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general from 2000 until he joined Dechert in late 2011, has left the firm to pursue other opportunities.

In an email to The Am Law Daily, Fine praised Dechert as “a great firm, with terrific lawyers.” He wrote that he planned on taking some time before choosing his next step, “potentially with the government, or elsewhere.”

Fine joined Dechert’s white-collar and securities litigation group in Washington, D.C., back in September 2011. Unbeknownst to many, besides being a Rhodes Scholar, Fine was once a college basketball star at Harvard taken in the 10th round of the 1979 NBA Draft. He’s married to Jones Day appellate litigation partner Beth Heifetz.

In other Churn news …

The Am Law Daily reported Tuesday on Andrews Kurth corporate governance and securities practice head SPENCER BARASCH preparing to leave the firm’s Houston office in the aftermath of a malpractice settlement by the firm last month in a case filed in 2011 by a former client. Barasch did not respond to a request for comment on where he might be headed next.

Baker & Hostetler has bolstered its privacy and data protection team by bringing on partner TANYA FORSHEIT in Los Angeles from InfoLawGroup LLP, a boutique she founded in 2009 after leaving Proskauer Rose, where she was a partner who cochaired the firm’s privacy and data security practice.

Ballard Spahr has brought on auto finance expert PETER CUBITA as of counsel in New York from his in-house counsel role at Ally Financial, the Detroit-based auto lender formerly known as GMAC. Cubita will work in Ballard Spahr’s consumer financial services group.

Squire Patton Boggs, which has begun the process of consolidating its duplicate offices following the June 1 merger that led to its creation, saw a real estate team in Columbus led by partners HOLLY HEER, ERIK RICKARD, BRYAN VENESY, PHILIP WESTERMAN and senior attorney-turned-of counsel LAING AKERS depart this week for Barnes & Thornburg, according to Columbus Business First. Citing second-quarter disclosure forms, Politico reported this week that Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld had edged out Squire Patton Boggs as the nation’s largest lobbying law firm.

Having sought out potential merger partners, Bingham McCutchen continues to see some partners peel off for other firms. This week tax partner MATTHEW SCHNALL in Boston departed for Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Schnall, who also serves as an adjunct at Boston University School of Law, had been with Bingham for 20 years.

Bracewell & Giuliani has added finance partner MICHAEL NIEBRUEGGE in Houston from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm he joined in 2011 from Mayer Brown. Niebruegge primarily advises clients in the energy and mining industries on corporate, finance and bankruptcy matters.

CARLOS LOUMIET, a former cochair of the international banking practices at Greenberg Traurig and Hunton & Williams who left the latter to help open DLA Piper’s Miami office in early 2011, has now left DLA to become a corporate and securities partner at Florida’s Broad and Cassel, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review. Loumiet has made headlines in the past for his role advising now-defunct Hamilton Bank—an assignment that led him to slap a $4 million anti-Hispanic bias suit against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that survived a motion to dismiss last year—and entities related to convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford.

Crowell & Moring has hired health care partner TERESA MILLER in Washington, D.C., from her role as acting director for the state exchanges and oversight groups at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tasked with implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Esquire Deposition Solutions, an Atlanta-based national court reporting company, has hired Sutherland Asbill & Brennan counsel AVI STADLER to become its new general counsel, according to sibling publication the Daily Report. Stadler, a former director of professional development at McKenna Long & Aldridge, joined Sutherland in 2010. At the firm he represented broker-dealers and handled general litigation.

JOSHUA VIAU, a partner at Atlanta’s Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, has left the firm for national labor and employment shop Fisher & Phillips, where he’ll be of counsel. Viau represents management in employment disputes.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has poached Boies, Schiller & Flexner corporate partner RICHARD BIRNS in New York. Birns specializes in private equity and sports transactions, having handled the $320 million sale of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils last year and $1.5 billion sale of a 49 percent stake in the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network in late 2012.

Goldberg Segalla has grabbed Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker insurance compliance and regulatory practice leader FREDERICK POMERANTZ as a partner in its global insurance services team in New York. Pomerantz spent nearly 20 years at Wilson Elser.

Jackson Lewis has joined a growing number of firms looking to enhance their college sports expertise by hiring of counsel GEOFF SILVER in Indianapolis from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, where he was director of academic and membership affairs. The Am Law Daily reported last week that the NCAA had paid $3.2 million to Latham & Watkins for legal services during its 2012-13 fiscal year. Jackson Lewis launched its sports practice in 2010 by hiring former Major League Baseball agent Gregg Clifton. He now serves as head of the firm’s Phoenix office.

The Am Law Daily noted last Friday the hire by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton of litigator Jon Michaelson, a cofounding partner of K&L Gates’ Silicon Valley office, and now the former has also added labor and employment partner LINDA USOZ from K&L Gates, according to sibling publication The Recorder. Kilpatrick has recently put a premium on expanding in Silicon Valley by making several lateral hires.

Loeb & Loeb has landed Arnstein & Lehr IP litigation partner DAVID NEWMAN as a senior counsel in Chicago. Newman joined the latter in 2012 from Greenberg Traurig, which he joined as a partner in 2008 from Seyfarth Shaw. Arnstein & Lehr did add partner MARIA ISABEL HOELLE in Miami from Fowler Rodriguez, where she was head of the firm’s litigation group.

BENJAMIN HORWICH, a former Latham associate who spent the past five years as an assistant to the solicitor general at the Justice Department, has joined Munger, Tolles & Olson as of counsel in San Francisco. Horwich has argued 10 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and will focus on complex litigation and appeals at Munger Tolles. The National Law Journal, a sibling publication, has more on Horwich’s move to the firm.

Norton Rose Fulbright has nabbed a three-attorney energy regulatory compliance and enforcement team from Cadwalader in Washington, D.C., led by partner JOSEPH WILLIAMS, who joined the latter as special counsel in 2011 after having previously been a partner at McDermott Will & Emery. Earlier this month, Norton Rose Fulbright saw construction partner KEITH REDENBACH leave its Sydney office for local firm Atanaskovic Harntell, according to Australian legal publication Lawyers Weekly.

BEVERLY BAKER, an of counsel with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in Birmingham, has left the national labor and employment firm to launch her own alternative dispute resolution shop with two others, according to the Birmingham Business Journal.

Perkins Coie has plucked energy and infrastructure partner JOHN PIERCE in Bellevue, Wash., from DLA in Seattle. Pierce is a project finance expert who joined the global legal giant as a partner in 2011 from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He will be a member of Perkins Coe’s national environment, energy and resources group. Also joining Perkins Coie in San Diego is white-collar and investigations practice partner SEAN PROSSER, an SEC enforcement pro who comes aboard from Morrison & Foerster.

Connecticut’s Robinson & Cole has hired five associates and insurance litigation counsel RAYMOND DEMEO from Travelers Property Casualty Co., where he served as assistant vice president and managing counsel for commercial property insurance litigation, according to sibling publication the Connecticut Law Tribune. DeMeo handled World Trade Center property insurance litigation and oversaw all litigation arising from Hurricane Katrina in his role at the insurance giant.

Having recently come under fire for a 2013 partner hire that didn’t quite work out, Troutman Sanders hasn’t shied away from the lateral market. The firm recently added Stoel Rives tax partner ADAM KOBOS in Portland, Ore., although he’ll also spend time in Troutman’s office in Orange County, Calif., as the Atlanta-based firm seeks to expand its operations on the West Coast.

And finally, it’s not every day that Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz dips outside its ranks for a partner-level hire. The Am Law Daily reported this week on the top Am Law 100 firm’s raid on Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for executive compensation partner ANDREA WAHLQUIST, who is only the fourth partner-level lateral hire in Wachtell’s history. Wahlquist replaces Jeremy Goldstein, a partner that left Wachtell last month to launch his own executive compensation firm.

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