Miller & Martin has lost a partner in Atlanta, ROBERT LOCKWOOD, to Burr & Forman. Lockwood, who joins the firm as a partner, handles intellectual property counseling, licensing, and prosecution.

MICHAEL DUBE has left a position as counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to become a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart. Dube is a securities litigator who counsels on Securities and Exchange Commission and internal investigations, matters related to Dodd-Frank, and other litigation.

Covington & Burling has added LYNN NEILS as a white-collar litigation partner in New York. Neils most recently worked at Mayer Brown, and earlier in her career served as prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s offices in Manhattan and New Jersey.

JOHN STATE has lateraled to Cullen and Dykman‘s Albany office from Hodgson Russ. A partner, State specializes in financial transactions related to banking, commercial lending, and commercial equipment leasing.

Jones Day has expanded by two partners: LOCKE MCMURRAY in New York and DOUGLAS WEINSTEIN in Taipei, Taiwan. McMurray last worked at Lehman Brothers Holdings, where he advised on the unwinding of the failed investment bank’s derivatives portfolios. He joins Jones Day’s financial institutions litigation and regulation practice. Weinstein, an intellectual property partner, most recently worked at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in Atlanta. From 2007 to 2011, he served as managing partner of Finnegan’s Taipei office. 

The entertainment practice of Fox Rothschild now counts JODY SIMON as a partner. Based in Los Angeles, Simon advises TV networks, production companies, executive producers, and others in the industry on the financing, development, production, and distribution of projects. He joins the firm from Peter, Rubin & Simon.

JONATHAN DAVID BALL has moved from King & Spalding to Greenberg Traurig. A shareholder in New York, Ball focuses on patent litigation and patent portfolio management.

K&L Gates has boosted its Middle East practice with the hire of OMAR MOMANY from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Momany, a partner in the Dubai office, handles mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, arbitration, and joint ventures.

Two intellectual property of counsel have moved to Lathrop & Gage in Boston. JOHN HABERMAN last worked as senior patent director for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, where he oversaw the infection patent group. WILLIAM SCOFIELD joins from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he was a partner.

The Washington, D.C., office of McGuireWoods now counts D. FRENCH SLAUGHTER as a partner in the tax and employee benefits department. Slaughter, who previously worked as a partner at McGuire from 1984 to 2000, most recently worked at Deloitte & Touche.

Morrison & Foerster has taken a partner in Tokyo from the local office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. MASAHIRO SHIGA handles real estate transactions across sectors.

RACHEL JANGER has rejoined O’Melveny & Myers, where she began her legal career in 1999. Now counsel in the labor and employment group based in Washington, D.C., Janger specializes in representing employers before the National Mediation Board, in labor arbitrations, and in Railway Labor Act litigation. She last worked at Crowell & Moring.

Perkins Coie has made additions on both coasts. In Seattle, ERIC MILLER, previously an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general in Washington, D.C., joins as a partner in the appellate practice. During his five years working for the government, Miller argued 14 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Also in Seattle, ERIC WOLFF has joined the product liability practice as senior counsel. Wolff last worked as an assistant general counsel at Boeing. In New York the firm has added JEFFREY SHUCHAT, previously with Katten Muchin Rosenman, as real estate senior counsel.

After three years with Foley & Lardner, AMAR THAKUR is on the move to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he joins the Los Angeles office as partner. Thakur, who has a degree in electrical engineering, specializes in intellectual property litigation and IP licensing matters.

Robinson & Cole’s New York office got a boost from the hire of partner STEVEN SCHOENFELD. A litigator, Schoenfeld left a position with Dorsey & Whitney.

DOREEN TRUJILLO is now a partner with Saul Ewing in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania. A patent attorney largely focused in the life sciences and biotechnology areas, she joins from Cozen O’Connor.

International arbitration and dispute resolution lawyer PIETER BEKKER joined Steptoe & Johnson on September 1 as a partner based in Brussels, with plans to work in London, New York, and Washington, D.C. Bekker worked until last May at Dewey & LeBoeuf, and continued a job as professor of international law at University of Dundee in Scotland until making his way to Steptoe.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has grown its partnership with the hire of bankruptcy lawyer FRANK MEROLA in Los Angeles. Merola joins the firm from Jefferies & Company, where he was managing director of recapitalization and reorganization.

Squire Sanders recently added two partners from Winston & Strawn, ERIC COWAN in New York and GLYNNA CHRISTIAN in London. Both focus on transactional work for public and private companies, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financial arrangements, and outsourcing transactions.

Internet privacy and securities law boutique Zwillgen has taken a partner from Bingham McCutchen, JON FRANKEL. Based in Washington, D.C., he joins Zwillgen as counsel. Frankel advises clients on telecommunications, data privacy, cybersecurity, e-commerce, intellectual property, and litigation matters.

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