LATERALS

KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON (Atlanta): Kandace Watson joins the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate team as partner in the San Diego office and will focus on advising clients in life science and high-technology industries. Previously, Wat­son was a partner at Baker & McKenzie.

AKERMAN SENTERFITT:
Richard Sharpstein joins the firm’s litigation practice group as partner in the Miami office and will focus on defending individuals and corp­orations in complex criminal and civil litigation. Previously, Sharpstein was a practice chairman at Jorden Burt.

GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER (Los Angeles): Catherine Conway joins the firm as partner in the Los Angeles office and will focus on complex employment class actions. Previously, Conway was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

HOGAN LOVELLS: Peter Ivanick joins the firm’s U.S. business restructuring and insolvency practice as partner in the New York office and will focus on complex business restructurings, cross-border representations and insurance and reinsurance insolvency. Previously, Ivanick was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

JONES DAY: Jeffrey Bresch joins the firm’s U.S. business and tort litigation practice as partner in the Pittsburgh office and will focus on energy, intellectual property/trade secrets and general commercial litigation. Previously, Bresch was a partner at Reed Smith.

KAYE SCHOLER (New York): Niping Wu joins the firm’s corporate practice as partner in the Shanghai, China, office and will focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on Asia-Pacific private-equity investment. Previously, Wu led the Shanghai office at Debevoise & Plimpton.

SCHIFF HARDIN (Chicago): Karol Den­niston joins the firm’s restructuring, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group as partner in the San Francisco office and will focus on municipal restructurings, including matters related to Chapter 9 filings. Previously, Denniston was a partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

SEYFARTH SHAW (Chicago): Cliff Fonstein and Nicholas De Baun join the firm’s labor and employment group as partners in the New York office. They will focus on representing clients in the financial services industry. Previously, Fonstein and De Baun were partners at Sidley Austin.

WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES (New York): Garland Stephens re-joins the firm’s patent ­litigation practice as ­partner in the Houston office and will focus on patent and trade secrets cases in the technology sector. Previously, he was a partner at Fish & Richardson.



NEW ARRIVALS

DYKEMA GOSSETT: Robert Horwitz rejoins the firm’s financial services litigation practice group as senior counsel to the Detroit office and will focus on financial services litigation for client organizations in the consumer finance arena. Previously, Horwitz was chief litigation counsel at Asset Acceptance Capital Corp.

MCGUIREWOODS: Christina Egan joins the firm’s government, regulatory and criminal investigations department as partner in the Chicago office. She will represent companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations, by the government as well as by federal and state regulators. Previously, Egan served as deputy chief assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

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