MAKING MOVES IN PA.
On January 7, litigator Courtney Gilligan Saleski joined DLA Piper's Philadelphia office as a partner. She had previously been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, where she led investigations and prosecutions on health care fraud, procurement fraud, securities fraud and public corruption matters. DLA Piper said her addition expands the firm's white-collar defense and investigations capabilities, particularly in the health care sector.
Also in early January, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart hired Jackson Lewis partner Alexander Nemiroff as a shareholder. The employment litigator focuses his practice on employment discrimination, trade secrets, social media, wage-and-hour laws and other technology issues.
On January 10, Saul Ewing announced that it hired K&L Gates energy partner John P. Englert as a partner in its energy, environment and utilities department in Pittsburgh. Englert focuses his practice on energy, environmental and safety and health matters for commercial and industrial clients. He works in the regulatory and compliance space.
On January 15, Ballard Spahr said it hired trusts and estates attorney Jenna Millman as of counsel in its family wealth management practice in Philadelphia. She handles estate planning and estate and trust administration for high-net-worth individuals and families in the United States and abroad. Admitted to the New York Bar, Millman joined Ballard Spahr from the New York office of Moses & Singer.
On January 21, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel said it hired the former deputy general counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Michael F. Eichert, as a partner in the firm's litigation department. Eichert joined the PHA last year and previously had spent several years as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. He will focus his private practice on legal representation and counseling related to public procurement for both government entities and businesses, the firm said.
On January 28, Drinker Biddle & Reath announced it hired former Hogan Lovells attorney Brian Lynch as a partner in its corporate and securities practice in Philadelphia. He will focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He also counsels clients on SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Before entering private practice, Lynch worked for the SEC.
The end of January also brought a new firm to Philadelphia thanks to the defection of eight partners from Cozen O'Connor. The insurance and commercial litigators left the firm to start the Philadelphia office of San Francisco-based Gordon & Rees. The team was comprised of partners William Shelley, Ann Thornton Field, Josh Wall, Joseph A. Arnold, Jacob C. Cohn, C. Tyler Havey, James E. Robinson and Catherine Slavin.