Baker Hostetler has recruited DENNIS DUFFY to join its employment and labor group in Houston. Duffy, who previously headed the labor and employment practice at Baker Botts, handles matters ranging from whistleblower complaints to employment issues resulting from acquisitions. Duffy was also a former associate general counsel for labor and employment at Time Warner and general counsel of the U.S. Office of Compliance.

Baker Hostetler also welcomed ADAM SCHLATNER to its New York office, where he joins as a partner in the litigation group. Schlatner, who was previously at Winston & Strawn, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation.

ANDREW SHAFFER has left Mayer Brown to become a shareholder at Butzel Long’s New York office. Shaffer’s practice includes bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

Litigator CARL BUCHHOLZ, a former managing partner and CEO of Blank Rome, has joined DLA Piper’s Philadelphia office. Buchholz’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and government relations. He has previously served as special assistant for Homeland Security under President George W. Bush and worked on Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign as its general counsel in Pennsylvania.

DLA Piper also recruited ERIC GROSSMAN to its Northern Virginia office as a partner in the corporate and finance practice. Grossman joins the firm from Cooley, where he was a partner in the business department.

A group of Illinois lawyers has opened a new firm—Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro—based in Glenview, Illinois, near Chicago. The firm will focus on the complex financial matters of small and midsize companies and will work with private investment banking firm S-K Partners to meet the financial and legal needs of clients. Manning the office will be PAUL FISHER, former chair of the real estate and environmental department at McGuireWoods; DAVID COHEN, who had his own private practice; JOEY WALDMAN, former in-house counsel for S-K Partners; and ALLEN SHAPIRO, former lead principal of S-K Partners.

Energy lawyer MICHAEL YUFFEE has joined Fried Frank in Washington, D.C. Yuffee, a former partner at Hogan Lovells, handles regulatory and transactional matters related to wholesale energy. He will be part of the firm’s M&A and private equity group.

Gordon & Rees welcomed J. QUITMAN STEPHENS on board as partner in its offices in Dallas and nearby Fort Worth. Stephens’s expertise includes employee benefits and health law. He will lead a practice group focused on health care reform and the federal Affordable Care Act. He joins the firm from Cantey Hanger.

Locke Lord has hired new partner KEITH KRASNEY in New York. Krasney, who handles securitization and structured finance matters, joins the firm’s corporate and transactional department from Nixon Peabody. He will also chair the securitization and structured finance group.

McDermott Will & Emery has brought on two new partners and a group of patent lawyers to expand its life sciences expertise in Silicon Valley and Boston. JUDY MOHR left King & Spalding together with a team of patent agents and lawyers to join the Silicon Valley office, where she will handle matters including patent prosecution and licensing. RICHARD SMITH, previously at Edwards Wildman, is joining McDermott’s corporate advisory practice group in Boston. His practice includes advising life sciences companies on corporate matters.

Pillsbury Winthrop has hired ANDRE BREWSTER to its investment funds and investment management team in San Francisco. Winthrop, who joins the corporate securities practice as counsel, was previously at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which merged with Arnold & Porter earlier this year.

Polsinelli Shughart has added three IP shareholders in New York, with an eye to the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries. TEDD VAN BUSKIRK joins from K&L Gates, while PAMELA FEKETE was previously in-house counsel for Cambridge Biolabs and DILLON KIM practiced at Hogan Lovells.

Employment litigator STEVEN PEARLMAN has left Seyfarth Shaw and joined Proskauer Rose’s Chicago office. Pearlman will be a partner in the labor and employment law department and will help lead a new practice group focused on whistleblower and retaliation cases.

Data security and technology lawyer TIMOTHY NAGLE has left his job as assistant general counsel of Bank of America to join Reed Smith as counsel in the firm’s global data security, privacy and management practice in Washington, D.C. Nagle is also a former associate general counsel for the National Security Agency.

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram recruited SOHA MODY as senior counsel at its office in Washington, D.C. Mody’s practice focuses on commercial real estate. A former associate general counsel of Freddie Mac, Mody has also practiced at Pillsbury Winthrop.

Snell & Wilmer added a partner to its commercial litigation group in Orange County, California. RICK MCNEIL, formerly of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, handles environmental and land use litigation. 

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