GARY GRINDLER, the former acting deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice and chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., has returned to King & Spalding after four years in the government. Grindler joins as a partner in the special matters and government investigations practice, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Grindler last worked as a partner at King & Spalding from 2000 to 2009, when he left for Justice. As acting attorney general, Grindler supervised law enforcement agencies within the department such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as 94 U.S. attorney’s offices, and the civil, criminal, tax, antitrust, and environmental divisions of Justice.

At King & Spalding, Grindler will be focusing his work on financial fraud and health care cases related to the False Claims Act. Sibling publication Blog of Legal Times has more on his move.

In other Churn news …

Alston & Bird has expanded its litigation team with the hire of CHARLES COX. Joining as a partner in Los Angeles, Cox was previously with Latham & Watkins, where he represented clients in the accounting, manufacturing, health care, and gaming industries.

JOSHUA BERICK
has joined Arnold & Porter’s corporate and securities group in New York. Most recently a partner with Linklaters, Berick’s practice focuses on multibillion-dollar transactions in the oil, gas, and alternative energy industries.

Cozen O’Connor has hired a new health care lawyer, COLIN ROSKEY, to work out of the Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia offices. Roskey, who was last a partner with Alston & Bird, advises health care clients on navigating legislative and regulatory policy.

THOMAS TRIMM, a former Pepper Hamilton partner with experience in bond-related issues, has left the firm to join Dinsmore & Shohl’s public finance practice in Pittsburgh as a partner.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher announced the hire of new partner ARTHUR LONG, who joins the firm in New York with a specialty in banking regulation issues. Long was last a financial institutions partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell. Gibson also recently hired RICHARD ERNEST, who joins the firm’s Dubai office as a partner. Ernest was previously a partner in Clifford Chance’s Abu Dhabi branch, specializing in banking and finance matters.

MATTHEW CANNON has returned to private practice, joining Greenberg Traurig’s litigation department as a shareholder in Chicago. For the past seven years Cannon was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. attorney’s office in the Central District of Illinois, serving at times as the supervising assistant U.S. attorney for the office and lead prosecutor for a working group involved in prosecuting and investigating bribes, kickbacks, and Major Fraud Act and False Claims Act matters.

TAMARA DEVITT
has left Fisher & Phillips, where she was head of the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office, to practice with Haynes and Boone. Devitt joins as a member of the labor and employment group, based in Orange County, California.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed continues the expansion of its aviation practice, hiring two new attorneys in its Miami office. As reported in sibling publication Daily Business Review, JEFFREY TENEN joins as a partner and ISRAEL SANCHEZ as of counsel. Both were hired from their positions as shareholders at Greenberg Traurig.

Australian law firm Allens is losing a longtime senior partner; after 26 years in the firm’s projects practice group, JOHN COOPER has lateraled to Jones Day’s global disputes practice. At Jones Day, Cooper will continue to advise clients in the infrastructure, construction, and procurement industries. Cooper is based in Sydney.

Latham & Watkins has hired CLAUDIA SALOMON to work as a partner with the firm’s litigation department in New York. Prior to her arrival to Latham, Salomon was a partner at DLA Piper, where she cochaired the international arbitration practice.

Labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson has welcomed JACOB MODLA as a shareholder. Most recently, Modla served as the vice president of human resources operations at Family Dollar, managing the company’s employment and labor law–related issues.

NEIL RUST
is the latest addition to McGuireWoods’s Los Angeles office. Previously a partner with White & Case, Rust joins the firm’s banking and finance group as a partner.

The former Federal Trade Commission’s general counsel, WILLARD TOM, has returned to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Tom, who was previously a partner at Morgan Lewis from 2000 to 2009, rejoins the firm’s antitrust practice as a partner.

Morris, Manning & Martin’s tax practice in Atlanta has gained two partners in recent weeks. Most recently, GERALD THOMAS joins the firm as partner. Thomas will focus his work on tax, corporate, investments, and real estate matters.

JACQUELYN MARONEY has moved to labor and employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart as a shareholder. Maroney joins the firm’s Austin office. She last worked at Fulbright & Jaworski, where she led the immigration practice.

New Orleans–based Phelps Dunbar has announced that attorney JEFFREY BAUDIER has joined the firm as a partner to advise clients in the oil, gas, and energy industries. Baudier was last the president and CEO of Petra Nova, an energy company focusing on clean alternatives.

TISHA SCHESTOPOL has left her in-house position as senior regulatory attorney for the Human Genome Project to join Reed Smith in Washington, D.C. Schestopol will work in the life sciences health industry group as counsel, focusing on Food and Drug Administration– and health care–related matters.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has bolstered its antitrust practice in the firm’s New York office with the addition of two partners—HOLLIS SALZMAN and KELLIE LERNER—as well as BERNARD PERSKY, who joins as of counsel. All three attorneys come from Labaton Sucharow, where Salizman was managing chair of the firm’s antitrust and competition litigation practice. Salizman will also serve as Robins Kaplan’s antitrust and trade regulation practice group’s cochair.

DANIEL DUFNER has gone back to former firm White & Case, joining the U.S. mergers and acquisitions practice. For the past four years, Dufner had been practicing as a corporate partner with Linklaters in New York, where he worked on a number of transactions for clients such as Blockbuster, EchoStar, and Dish Network. In 2012 The Am Law Daily named him Dealmaker of the Week for his role in Wellpoint’s $4.9 billion acquisition of Amerigroup, a manager of Medicaid and other health care programs.

MELISSA SHISLER has lateraled to Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker from the Hustead Law Firm, where she was a shareholder. Shisler will be an of counsel in the insurance and reinsurance coverage practice, based in the firm’s Denver office.

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