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Jones Day continues to expand the Düsseldorf office it opened in February, with the latest additions being a team of banking and finance lawyers from German firm Luther.
The team—which includes three associates—is led by partner Claudia Leyendecker. At Luther, Leyendecker headed up the firm’s banking, finance, and capital markets practice.
Earlier this year, as The Am Law Daily reported at the time, Jones Day announced the addition of five attorneys—including partner Ulrich Brauer (from Simmons & Simmons), partner Kerstin Mast (from Bird & Bird), and of counsel Ralf Recknagel (from an in-house position at GlaxoSmithKline)—in Düsseldorf. The arrival of Leyendecker’s team more than doubles the number of attorney’s in Jones Day’s German banking and finance practice.
In other Churn news …
Forced by term limits to leave the office he has held since 2003, on November 27, JUAN CARLOS BERMUDEZ, the former mayor of Doral, Florida, has joined Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office as counsel in the real estate group. While serving as mayor, Bermudez was also an attorney at Gonzalez & Wermuth.
BEN EATON, a former counsel at Allen & Overy, is moving to Goodwin Procter’s London office. Eaton joins Goodwin as a partner and will focus on tax matters involving investment funds and real estate transactions within the firm’s tax practice.
The Catholic University of America has found its new dean for its Columbus School of Law in DANIEL ATTRIDGE, the managing partner of Kirkland & Ellis’s Washington, D.C., office for the past 15 years. In that role, Attridge—a trial and appellate lawyer whose experience spans a range of practice areas, including intellectual property, antitrust and unfair competition, commercial and government contracts, insurance coverage and discrimination, and corporate and securities—has overseen the work of more than 200 lawyers. He is expected to take over the dean’s post next year.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has made two additions to its growing real estate group: partner ANDREW LITVAK and of counsel ANNE MARIE GARAVAGLIA, both of whom will be based in Atlanta. Litvak was previously a partner at Hartman Simons & Wood, where he focused on commercial real estate, investment, restructuring and distressed property–related work. Garavaglia, meanwhile, was president and general counsel of CRE Companies, a group of real estate investment advisers. She is also a former vice president for JPMorgan Chase Bank. As part of its effort to beef up on the real estate, Nelson Mullins welcomed commercial real estate attorneys Shawn Lanier from DLA Piper and Sean Faulkner earlier this year. The firm’s recently opened Nashville office also includes a commercial real estate practice.
Real estate attorney EDDIE FRASTAI has joined SNR Denton as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Frastai, who represents owners, developers, operators, and financial institutions in their transactions, was previously special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. In a second lateral hire this week, SNR Denton has added intellectual property attorney MATTHEW HARPER to its Dallas office. Harper, who was previously with Thompson & Knight, focuses his practice on patent litigation, commercial litigation, trade secret litigations, and business counseling.
Winston & Strawn has hired THOMAS DUNHAM as a partner in the intellectual property practice. Dunham will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and focus on technological matters, including telecommunications, computer hardware and software, network technology, and aviation systems. He joins Winston from Novak Druce + Quigg, where he chaired the firm’s litigation practice.
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