Chadbourne & Parke’s intellectual property department took a hit with the recent departure to Cooley of WALTER HANCHUK, who had served as the head of the practice group, along with partner JOHN KHEIT and more than a dozen associates and support staff.

The group focuses on intellectual property work—including litigation, transactions, counseling, and asset creation and portfolio building—in the financial services and computer software industries.

In mid-October, Cooley gained another lateral hire from Chadbourne, Scott Balber, a trial lawyer in New York who had cochaired Chadbourne’s commercial litigation practice.

Chadbourne & Parke has lost a string of practice group and office leaders in recent months, including Adam Gale, the former head of the firm’s hedge fund practice, who moved to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in October; Mary Lopatto, the former managing partner of Chadbourne’s Washington, D.C., office, who left for Cozen O’Connor in September; and Thomas Riley, the firm’s former head of litigation, who led a six-partner group to Herbert Smith in August.

In other Churn news . . . 

Miami-based firm Akerman Senterfitt is reinforcing its real estate team with MARK LEVINE from Herrick, Feinstein. Levine used to serve as chief of the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel, Housing and Real Estate Division, which represents the city in all of its real estate transactions. He will join the firm’s New York office.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has lost MARC PONCHIONE to Allen & Overy, where he joins as a partner providing advice to registered investment companies, private funds, and money managers. As part of its efforts to expand in Washington, D.C., Allen & Overy has already grown its office there from five to 35 attorneys since its opening last year. 

Three new partners are joining Barnes & Thornburg in Chicago. DAVID RITTER, former chair of the labor and employment practice group at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg will focus on labor and employment; LINDSEY DATES, previously at Jones Day, will join the litigation department; and DANIEL LAWLER from K&L Gates will bring his expertise in health care.

Less than two years after joining Venable, CHRISTIAN MORETTI is on the move again to cochair the European cross-border practice at Carter Ledyard & Milburn. The Italian attorney will work with private equity firms and domestic and international companies.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has picked up TAIMUR MALIK as counsel in Oman. Malik was head of legal for the Middle East at Vale, the world’s second-largest mining and metals group, where he helped with business development in different parts of Asia.

Singapore-based joint law venture Duane Morris & Selvam is adding two new members to its team. JAMIE BENSON, who comes from Dorsey & Whitney in London, will use his experience in U.S. securities and international markets. JAMES WONG, who was already in Singapore at Crescent Advisors, will be special counsel.

DARREN MURPHY at Allens is moving to Jones Day’s energy practice in Singapore. The firm’s newest partner will specialize in development of projects throughout the Asian region.

Quarles & Brady welcomes two attorneys this week: ADAM MARGOLIN and STANLEY ORSZULA. Margolin was previously part of the City of Chicago Department of Law, where he served as senior corporation counsel. He will work with Quarles & Brady’s energy and environmental teams. Orszula, former counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, will be part of the corporate services practice group.

SALVATORE ROTELLA JR. is joining Reed Smith as a partner in the firm’s life science health industry group. In the past, Rotella has worked for the Department of Mental Health of Washington, D.C. He had been at Cozen O’Connor for almost 10 years prior to his arrival to Reed Smith.

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