A Native American affairs director from the White House moves to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Mayer Brown grabs a Kirkland & Ellis partner in white collar, and Northern Virginia’s Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald lost lawyers to a start-up firm.

Here’s the roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the fourth week of March:

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Charles Galbraith joins the firm as counsel on its Native American affairs team. Previously, he was associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement at the White House. He earned his J.D. from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He is a citizen of the Navajo nation.

Holland & Knight

Erica Weiss joins the firm’s real estate practice as a partner. Previously, she worked at Bingham McCutchen. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mayer Brown

Laurence Urgenson joins the firm as a partner in its white collar defense and compliance group. Previously, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

McGuireWoods

Rosemary Becchi joins the firm’s tax and employee benefits practice as a partner. Previously, she was a partner and deputy chair of the tax and financial services policy practice at Patton Boggs. She earned her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

David Elkind joins the firm as a partner in its insurance practice group. Previously, he worked at Dickstein Shapiro. He earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Roetzel & Andress

Thomas Larned joins the firm as of counsel in the white collar litigation and corporate compliance practice group. Previously, he directed investigations for the FBI and Massachusetts Public Defender. He earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Saul Ewing

William Nussbaum joins the firm as a partner in its higher education and commercial litigation practices. Previously, he was a partner at Hogan Lovells. He earned his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

Seventeen attorneys formed the firm, focused on construction industry clients, this month with offices in Tysons Corner, Va., and San Francisco. Eight partners work in the Tysons office: founding partners Paul Varela, Todd Metz and Joseph Guarino and partners Christopher Burke, Brian Dugdale, Kirk Niemi, Michael Suga and David Wonderlick. Varela, Guarino and Wonderlick earned J.D.s from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Metz and Niemi earned their J.D.s from George Mason University School of Law. Burke earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Dugdale earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. And Suga earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Previously, the lawyers worked at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald.

Please send notices of new Washington-area hires or promotions to Katelyn Polantz at kpolantz@alm.com. Notices include new title and area of specialization, previous place of employment and title and education.