IP litigator JULIE PETRUZZELLI has headed to Baker & McKenzie as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Petruzzelli, who—in addition to litigation, focuses her practice on counseling and licensing—was most recently a partner at Venable. In Chicago, meanwhile, Baker & McKenzie has added WILLIAM KIRSCH, STACEY KERN, and GARRY JAUNAL as partners in the firm’s private equity practice. Kirsch, who will serve as chair of the private equity group, has experience representing both private and public companies. Kern focuses on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and other corporate matters, and Jaunal specailizes in corporate governance, debt financing, and creditors’ rights. All three attorneys were previously at Kirkland & Ellis. 

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz has gained MICHAEL STARKS as of counsel in Orlando. Starks, who joins the firm’s financial institutions group, concentrates on consumer finance litigation and complex commercial matters. He was formerly at Akerman Senterfitt. 
 
In a move aimed at strengthening its West Coast project finance capabilities, Chadbourne & Park has hired PAUL KAUFMAN and EVELYN LIM as partners in Los Angeles. Kaufman joins the firm from EnXco, the North America development arm of Electricité de France, where he was executive vice president of transactions. Lim joins Chadbourne from renewable energy company Element Power, where she was senior vice president and general counsel. Both attorneys specialize in renewable energy. 
 
SUSAN CASSIDY has moved to Covington & Burling‘s Washington, D.C., office, where she will be a partner in the government contracts practice. Previously senior counsel at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Cassidy specializes in a range of issues, including conducting and resolving internal investigations and audits, and advising contractors on compliance issues. 
 
DLA Piper welcomes THOMAS DEBUTTS as a partner in the firm’s regulatory and government affairs and international trade practices. DeButts, who will be based in the DLA’s Washington, D.C., office, concentrates on international trade controls, including economic sanctions and export controls under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations. He was previously at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. 
 
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added litigation duo THAD DAVIS and MICHAEL LI-MING WONG as partners in San Francisco. Davis, who will co-chair Gibson Dunn’s securities litigation practice, specializes in complex business litigation. Wong, who was formerly the chief of the white collar crimes section for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of California, concentrates on on securities enforcement, white collar defense, and courtroom litigation and will serve as co-chair of the firm’s securities enforcement group. Both attorneys were previously at Ropes & Gray.
 
Former Patton Boggs bankruptcy chair MICHAEL RICHMAN has moved to Hunton & Williams, where he will be a partner in the firm’s New York office. Richman, who joins Hunton’s bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights practice, specializes in all areas of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 
 
Jones Day has bolstered its litigation practice with the addition of CHRISTOPHER BRAITHWAITE and BAIJU VASANI as partners. Formerly at Simmons & Simmons, Braithwaite advises banks and financial institutions on litigation and arbitration, regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings, and issuance coverage issues. He will be based in London. Meanwhile,V asani, who is qualified to practice in both the U.S. and U.K. and who joins the firm from Crowell & Moring, specializes in international investment and commercial arbitration. He will divide his time between London and Washington, D.C. 
 
Food law partner SEBASTIÁN ROMERO MELCHOR has jumped  to K&L Gates, where he will be a partner in the food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics practice in Brussels. Previously at the Brussels-based boutique firm Food Law Consultants, Romero Melchor concentrates on matters including EU regulatory law and policy, food labeling and advertising issues, product registration, and product liability. 
 
In London, Paul Hastings has added UGO GIORDANO as a partner in the firm’s finance practice. Previously at Ashurst, Giordano specializes in capital markets, securitization, structured finance, structured products, banking and securities regulation. 
 
TESS FERRERA joins Schiff Hardin, where she will be a partner in the litigation and employment benefits and executive compensation groups in Washington, D.C. Previously at Miller Chevalier, Ferrera specializes in counseling and litigation matters related to fiduciary obligations and prohibited transactions under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
 
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