Employment litigator and counselor Doug Towns has become the 15th lawyer at Mazursky Constantine, a big change after a career at JonesDay, which has about 2,400 lawyers on five continents.

Towns, 44, joined the employee benefits and executive compensation boutique as a partner on June 1, with the mission of broadening the 20-year-old firm’s practice into more general employment law. He was a partner at Jones Day, which he joined in 1992 after a summer clerkship while in law school at the University of Virginia.

Towns said about half his practice has been handling large class actions and other complex litigation for Fortune 500 companies. The other half is advisory work for small to mid-cap companies, with the occasional single plaintiff matter or government investigation by the Department of Labor or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Moving to Mazursky Constantine will allow Towns to expand the counseling aspect of his practice, he said, adding that he serves as outside counsel or outside employment counsel to several clients.

“Part of the impetus for this change is that it will allow me to focus more readily on those clients that view their lawyers as counselors or business partners rather than as hired guns,” Towns said. “Many lawyers are hired guns — big game hunters. They go in for the kill and feast when they get a big case. Then they’ve got to find the next case to keep lawyers with big firm rates busy.”

“This platform will allow me to focus on my forte — counseling and preventative work, being a business partner with the employer and solving their employment issues,” he said.

Towns declined to name clients but said they include medical device and medical practice groups, a regional chemical manufacturer, the second-largest dental product manufacturer and distributor in the country, and technology companies that have emerged from the business incubator at Georgia Tech.

Towns, a pilot, also serves as the general counsel for Angel Flight Soars, which flies people needing medical treatment, such as burn victims and cancer patients, to hospitals at no charge. Towns has flown missions for Angel Flight, whose Georgia chapter is based at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, for more than a decade. The nonprofit serves patients in Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

“Doug was a terrific contributor and colleague in his 20 years with the firm. We support his decision to focus on a more counseling-oriented practice and expect to refer matters to and from one another for years to come,” said Lizanne Thomas, the local partner-in-charge for Jones Day.

In 19 years and 10 months at Jones Day, said Towns, he never considered going to another firm, but the opportunity to develop an employment practice at Mazursky Constantine appealed to him.

Mazursky Constantine’s managing partner, Don Mazursky, said the boutique is adding an employment law generalist to capture work that was previously referred out — and plans to add more. “Our idea is that we will continue to have a primary focus on employment benefits and executive compensation but build a more substantial employment practice as well,” said Mazursky.

“It’s already started working. Doug has already helped out on a few client matters,” he said.

Mazursky declined to name clients but said they include large public and private companies, not-for-profits and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign public companies. Most engagements are ongoing relationships, rather than one-off matters, he said.

The firm had been looking for an employment lawyer for some time and talked to a lot of people over the years, before choosing Towns, said Mazursky. “We wanted to find someone who is entrepreneurial and collaborative,” he said. “We finally found that person.”

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David H. Williams Jr. has been named managing partner of the Atlanta office of Peck, Shaffer & Williams, a public finance firm. Williams focuses on financing for hospitals, retirement communities, university facilities and multifamily housing developments.

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More than a quarter of this year’s 52-member LEAD Atlanta class are lawyers. The eight-month leadership development program is an offshoot of Leadership Atlanta, for young professionals between the ages of 25 and 32.

There are 14 lawyers in the class of 2013: Yendelela Anderson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; JaDawnya Butler, a Fulton County assistant district attorney; Xavier Carter of King & Spalding; Lynette Espy-Williams of Cozen O’Connor; Patrick Fagan of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore; Justin Giboney of the city of Atlanta law department; Kevin Gooch of Alston & Bird; Fatima Harris of The Harris Law Firm; Lee Kolber, development counsel at Intercontinental Hotel Group; Jarrod Loadholt of Troutman Sanders; Lisa Payrow of Arnall Golden Gregory; Kacy Romig of Jones Day; Vincent Russo, general counsel for the Office of the Secretary of State; and Matthew Weiss of McKenna Long & Aldridge.

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Duane Morris partner Joseph Ciucci is also a drummer in a band. Comrade Blue, his band, is playing a charity gig at SweetWater Brewery on June 23 to benefit the pet rescue group Angels Among Us. The alternative rockers, who play originals and covers, are opening for The Pak, an ’80s cover band. Ciucci said he got the gig because The Pak’s drummer, Hastin Slaton, is Ciucci’s client in Slaton’s other identity as the owner of a computer company, Capital Data Service.

Comrade Blue plays at 7 p.m. SweetWater Brewery is located at 195 Ottley Drive N.E. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and can be purchased from www.angelsrescue.org.