Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld raided Haynes and Boone’s Dallas office this week, picking up a seven-partner group of corporate and litigation attorneys for its own Dallas operation.

On the corporate side, new Akln Gump arrivals THOMAS YANG, GARRETT DEVRIES, and P. MATT ZMIGROSKY handle mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and securities work, including private equity transactions.

Four litigators are also making the move: MARTY BRIMMAGEg JR., MICHAEL WARNECKE, ARNOLD SPENCER, and SARAH TEACHOUT, who work on white-collar cases; government investigations; antitrust, false claims, and bankruptcy matters; and other commercial litigation.

The additions bring the head count in Akin Gump’s Dallas office to 43 partners and 112 lawyers overall.

A Haynes and Boone spokesman says the firm wishes the seven attorneys well, adding, “We are saddened to see these colleagues, many of whom started their careers here at Haynes and Boone, leave.”

In other Churn news . . .

Arnold & Porter has gained DIANE BIERI as a partner in Washington, D.C., to bolster the firm’s FDA and health care practice and antitrust groups. Bieri joins from trade association Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, where she worked as executive vice president and general counsel.

In Nashville, MARTHA BOYD and JOHN SCANNAPIECO have jumped from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Both join Baker Donelson as shareholders. Scannapieco focuses on international law, while Boyd handles labor and employment work and employee benefits litigation.

Former in-house lawyer GEORGIA SCHLEY RITCHIE is now of counsel with Barnes & Thornburg in Atlanta. Schley Ritchie was previously general counsel of real estate development boutique Workout Partners. She focuses her practice on business litigation and insurance work.

Bingham McCutchen has hired public policy specialist JOHN SCHMITZ to be a partner in its Washington, D.C., office and also to work as a principal with Bingham Consulting. Most recently, Schmitz ran his own consulting firm, which specialized in representing U.S. and European companies in international transactions and regulatory matters. Earlier in his career, he worked as a partner at Mayer Brown in the United States and Germany, and as deputy counsel to President George H.W. Bush.  

MICHAEL HORNSTEIN, formerly general counsel at Trans Bay Cable, has moved to Day Pitney as a partner in Washington, D.C. Hornstein focuses on the energy and utilities industries.

MICHAEL POWELL has jumped from Baker & Hostetler to Dickinson Wright in Washington, D.C. Taking an of counsel role at his new firm, Powell practices in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and employee stock ownership plans.

Holland & Knight’s newest hire is Boston-based THOMAS BARRETTE, a senior counsel in the firm’s corporate and M&A group. Barrette most recently worked as general counsel of MainePCS and its predecessor, Beacon Wireless Partners.

Hunton & Williams has added JOHN TORMEY as counsel to its global energy and infrastructure team in Washington, D.C. He joins from Constellation Energy Group, where he served as senior counsel.

RAYMOND HOLST has left a position in Morgan Stanley’s tax counsel group to work at Latham & Watkins in New York. Holst, who earlier in his career worked as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, joins Latham as counsel.

LeClairRyan has brought aboard five intellectual property and litigation lawyers from Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley, sibling publication The National Law Journal reports. Joining as shareholders are JAMES POTEPAN and THOMAS O’LEARY, with COURTNEY CURTIS, JAMES HILDEBRAND, and BRIAN VANDERHOOF joining as partners.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has grabbed a lateral from Buchalter Nemer in Sacramento, HARRY W.R. CHAMBERLAIN II. A partner, Chamberlain specializes in appellate and insurance work.

McGuireWoods has two new partners in Houston, JEFFREY GOLLOMP and BRYCE LINSENMAYER. Gollomp last worked as president of BNP Paribas Trading GP, a bank-affiliated energy marketing and trading company that recently relocated from Houston to New York. At McGuire, he plans to represent clients in structured physical and financial energy transactions and energy regulatory matters. Linsenmayer, who joins from Baker & McKenzie, represents companies in the energy, environmental, and high-tech industries in M&A deals, stock and asset acquisitions, and joint ventures. 

Entertainment lawyer and intellectual property litigator HARVEY GELLER has moved from an in-house position with Universal Music Group, where he served as head of litigation, to Steptoe & Johnson. He will work as of counsel based in the firm’s Century City office.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has taken a five-lawyer Connolly Bove Lodge & Hurtz team led by intellectual property litigator MARY BOURKE in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to Bourke, KRISTEN CRAMER in Wilmington and MARK PINO in Washington, D.C., also join Womble Carlyle as partners. The group focuses on life sciences–related IP matters. Sibling publication Delaware Law Weekly has more on the moves and other recent losses at Connolly Bove.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.