Morgan, Lewis & Bockius made a splash in the lateral hire market this week by raiding White & Case for Washington, D.C.-based white-collar practice leader GEORGE TERWILLIGER III, who is joining the firm along with three other partners.
 
Terwilliger, a member of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s law enforcement advisory group, previously served as deputy U.S. attorney general and acting U.S. attorney general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Also joining Morgan Lewis are former White & Case white-collar defense and litigation partners DANIEL LEVIN, MATTHEW MINER, and ROBERT BITTMAN, according to sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer, which has more on Terwilliger’s move.
 
Terwilliger declined to comment to the nation’s oldest daily law journal on the reasons for his move to Morgan Lewis. The firm has been busy in the lateral market this year, with its 2012 additions including more than 65 lawyers from the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf in Beijing, Houston, London, and Moscow and Almaty.
 
The arrival of Terwilliger and his team comes three years after Morgan Lewis brought on legendary Beltway litigator Fred Fielding, a former White House chief counsel under President George W. Bush who now heads the firm’s government relations practice. Eric Sitarchuk, head of Morgan Lewis’s white-collar group, told The Intelligencer that Terwilliger and Fielding are friends and that the relationship was a key driver in the talks that resulted in his group joining the firm from White & Case.
 
In other Churn news . . . 
 
Armstrong Teasdale has added health care of counsel DIANE KEEFE in St. Louis. Keefe joins Armstrong Teasdale from her own shop The Keefe Law Firm, which she started this year after leaving regional firm Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. Keefe’s general transactional and regulatory practice focuses on hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers.
 
A little more than a year after joining Schiff Hardin from Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, corporate and securities partner DUANE “CHIP” PRESTEN III is on the move again, joining the corporate group of Atlanta-based Arnall Golden Gregory. Presten, who began his career with stints as an associate at King & Spalding and Sullivan & Cromwell, spent 14 years at Troutman, where he founded the firm’s private equity practice.
 
JAMES WELTY, a former vice president of legislative and corporate affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, is leaving his post as a government affairs adviser at K&L Gates in Harrisburg to become a lobbyist at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Welty will serve as a public policy adviser for the Pittsburgh-based firm.
 
Cassels Brock & Blackwell has hired securities partner FRANK DeLUCA in Toronto from Baker & McKenzie, which he joined in 2010 after leaving rival Canadian firm McCarthy Tetrault. DeLuca has more than 15 years of experience handling M&A, corporate finance, and corporate governance matters.
 
Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance has a new financial services counsel in Dubai, PHILIP JOLOWICZ from Hadef & Partners. Jolowicz, who headed the Emirati firm’s financial services practice, specializes in local corporate legal structures. ( He’s also an accomplished author, having written corporate legal thriller Walls of Silence: A Novel, which was published by Bantam Press in 2002 and is available via e-book by Simon & Schuster.)
 
JAY ALEXANDER, a former IP of counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, has joined Covington & Burling as of counsel in Washington, D.C. Alexander’s plans to focus his practice on patent infringement cases in federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
 
DLA Piper has named MICHAEL BOSCO as the new head of its equity capital markets practice in Rome. Bosco, a former Shearman & Sterling partner who founded that firm’s Rome office in 2001, will also coordinate DLA’s U.S. practice throughout the Mediterranean basin.
 
Edwards Wildman Palmer has hired capital markets partner ALBERT PINZON in New York City from Cozen O’Connor, which he joined in 2009 from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Pinzon’s practice focuses on counseling underwriters and issuers in public offerings and private placements.
 
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton‘s Native American practice has added ROB ROY SMITH as a partner in Seattle from regional firm Ater Wynne. Smith, an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Law, made partner at Ater Wynne last year. (Kilpatrick represented the name Native American plaintiffs in the long-running class action known as Cobell v. Salazar, which produced a $3.4 billion settlement that was upheld earlier this year.)
 
MARK McNAMARA, the former head of Baker & McKenzie’s Australian corporate practice, has been named the new global head of private equity at King & Wood Mallesons, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. McNamara, one of the top dealmakers Down Under, will join the Asian-Pacific legal giant in Sydney on November 6.
 
DANIEL OFFNER, chair of the interactive entertainment practice at Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles, is leaving the firm to head his own business development and consulting venture for the video game industry, according to the Daily Journal. The newspaper reports that Offer, who joined Loeb & Loeb in a high-profile lateral move from Nixon Peabody in 2010, will head Los Angeles-based digital media and technology consultancy Flying Kame.
 
Reed Smith has hired labor and employment partner BETH HENKE in Pittsburgh from local firm Marcus & Shapira, which she joined in 2008 after a decade at Morgan Lewis. Henke, who made partner at Marcus & Shapira in 2011, specializes in employment litigation.
 
Barnes & Thornburg has hired corporate partner JOE THOMPSON in Minneapolis from Stoel Rives, where he was a partner and the chair of the firm’s agriculture and food initiative. Thompson’s practice focuses on providing transactional counsel to clients in the agribusiness, food processing, and renewable energy industries.
 
Troutman Sanders has added of counsel JEFFREY ROSENSTEIN and KENNETH O’REILLY to its construction practice in New York. Both lawyers arrive from Winston & Strawn, where Rosenstein was a partner and O’Reilly an associate. Rosenstein joined Winston in 2007 from now-defunct Thelen.
 
Finally, Wal-Mart Stores has hired Sidley Austin litigation partner JAY JORGENSEN to fill the newly created position of global chief compliance officer, according to sibling publication Corporate Counsel
 
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