LATERALS

Anderson Kill & Olick (New York): Nancy Kierstyn Schreiner joins the firm as chairwoman of the government-affairs group in the Ventura, Calif., office. She will focus on regulatory compliance, zoning, employment and contractual matters. Previously, Kierstyn was a partner at Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton.

Ballard Spahr (Philadelphia): Kim­berly Warshawsky joins the intellectual property practice as partner in the Phoenix office and will focus on patent, trademark and trade secrets litigation and software license disputes. Previ­ously, she was a partner at Greenberg Traurig.

Barnes & Thornburg (Indianapolis): Peter Spanos joins the labor and employment law department as partner in the Atlanta office and will focus on employment litigation and traditional labor law. Previously, Spanos was a partner at Burr & Forman.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles): Lutz Englisch joins the firm as partner in the Munich, Germany, office and will focus on international mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Englisch was a partner at Ashurst.

Holland & Knight: Robert Kaler joins the litigation practice group as partner in the Boston office and will focus on commercial litigation, including corporate governance, transactions and contracts. Previously, Kaler was a partner at McCarter & English.

Locke Lord: Louis Dienes joins the corporate practice as partner in the Los Angeles office and will focus on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, equity and debt financings, and business operations. Previously, he was a partner at TroyGould.

McCarter & English (Newark, N.J.): Joseph Bartlett joins the corporate, securities and financial institutions practice as special counsel to the New York office. He will counsel asset managers with a focus on technology companies. Previously, Bartlett was counsel to Sullivan & Worcester.

Reed Smith: James Mercadante joins the corporate and securities group as partner in the New York office and will focus on transactions by private-equity funds, hedge funds and private companies. Previously, he was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Seyfarth Shaw (Chicago): Steven Meier joins the corporate department as partner in the Chicago office and will focus on all aspects of federal taxation and advising tax-exempt organizations. Previously, Meier was a partner at Jenner & Block.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Los Angeles): Scott Palmer joins the intellectual property practice group as partner in the Beijing office and will focus on managing Chinese IP portfolios and trademark strategy. Previously, Palmer was a partner at Baker & McKenzie.

Stites & Harbison: Richard Wehrle joins the trust and estate planning services group as partner in the Lex­ington, Ky., office. He will focus on administration, estate planning and charitable giving, taxes and fiduciary law. Previ­ously, he was a partner at Bowles Rice.

NEW ARRIVALS

Drinker Biddle & Reath (Philadel­phia): Frances LaFleur joins the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice as partner in the Chicago office and will advise clients on retirement, executive compensation and health and welfare plans. Previously, LaFleur was senior legal counsel for Schneider Electric.

King & Spalding (Atlanta): Lovita Tandy returns to the firm as partner in the business litigation practice group. She will focus on labor and employment law and commercial disputes. Previously, Tandy served as an associate professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where she taught courses in contracts, remedies, transactional drafting and negotiations.

Movers is compiled and written by Tasha Norman. Please send material to her at The National Law Journal, 120 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10271, or tnorman@alm.com.