King & Spalding has nabbed Silicon Valley heavyweight JUDY O’BRIEN to help expand the firm’s Redwood Shores, California office. O’Brien spent two decades at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati before leaving in 2001 to co-found a venture capital fund, Incubic. She later went in-house at mobile payments company Obopay. Most recently, O’Brien launched her own consulting firm, Laurel Advisers, which advised early-stage enterprises.

At King & Spalding, which she will join as a partner November 1, O’Brien will advise on a range of corporate assignments, including private equity and venture capital investments, initial and follow-on public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.  

In a statement, O’Brien said she enjoys the intersection of business and law, noting that the boundaries between the two “have blurred” as “businesses compete in an increasingly global and complex environment.” Read more about her move in sibling publication The Recorder

In other Churn news . . .

JONATHAN FELD is on the move from Katten Muchin Rosenman to Dykema, where he joins as a member in the business litigation group. Feld will practice primarily from Chicago, but also spend time in Washington, D.C. His practice encompasses civil and criminal matters, including antitrust, healthcare, financial, and anti-bribery actions.

GrayRobinson welcomes LEWIS COHEN as a shareholder in the firm’s Miami office. Cohen’s practice focuses primarily on commercial law and litigation, with an emphasis on the financial services industry. He joins from Lewis R. Cohen, P.A. 

The Silicon Valley office of Haynes and Boone has added its first corporate partner, YAN ZHANG. Previously a counsel at O’Melveny & Myers, Zhang focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and venture capital and private equity transactions, with a particular emphasis on Greater China-focused cross-border transactions.

The labor and employment group of Jones Day in New York now counts DOREEN DAVIS as a partner. Previously with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Davis represents employers in trials and other proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, as well as in union organizing activities and collective bargaining agreements.   

The newest addition to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Atlanta office is SALLY NIELSEN, who joins as of counsel.  An employee benefits specialist, Nielsen last worked at HunterMaclean. The move represents a homecoming for Nielsen, who previously worked at Kilpatrick Townsend from 1982 to 1998.