MARY GARNETT has joined Barnes & Thornburg after serving for nearly 10 years as vice president and general counsel of Castle & Cooke Inc., a real estate and development company. Garnett will focus on real estate and corporate transactions as a partner in Los Angeles.

Corporate lawyer ADOLFO GARCIA confirmed to The Am Law Daily that he has moved his practice from K&L Gates to Brown Rudnick. A partner in Boston, Garcia handles
corporate and business transactions including financings, private equity, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures, both in the United States and abroad.

Dickinson Wright has hired two new attorneys to bolster its Michigan offices. Environmental attorney ANNA MAIURI joins the firm’s Troy office as a member to help clients assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling, or leasing assets. She was previously a principal at Miller Canfield, where she was also head of the energy, environmental, and regulatory practice. JORDAN SCHREIER, formerly a shareholder and leader of the employee benefits practice at Detroit-based Butzel Long, is also joining Dickinson Wright as a member, based in Ann Arbor. His practice focuses on planning and compliance issues involving various aspects of employee benefits.

LARISSA WHITMAN has lateraled to Drinker Biddle & Reath as a partner in the private clients practice of the firm’s Philadelphia office. Whitman makes the move from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, where she was a partner.

JERALD HOWE has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in both the government contracts and aerospace and defense practice groups. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, Howe will focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Last, Howe was senior vice president and general counsel at TASC, an aerospace and defense company.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has welcomed new of counsel RICHARD CUNNINGHAM in its Denver office. Most recently, Cunningham served as senior trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, which he joined in 2004. With Gibson Dunn, he will be advising clients as a member of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice.

CATHERINE LIVINGSTON has left a position as health care counsel in the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of the Chief Counsel, which she joined in 2010, for private practice. Now a partner at Jones Day, Livingston will be a member of the health care practice in Washington, D.C.

Loeb & Loeb has hired partner ROSS EMMERMAN to strengthen its Chicago corporate department. For the past 25 years, Emmerman has worked on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and venture capital matters. Most recently, he was a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has continued to expand its New York arm with the addition of commercial litigation partners MICHAEL GORDON, ELI MATTIOLI, and ANDREW MORRISON—all formerly partners at K&L Gates. Gordon’s practice covers a wide range of industries, with clients in finance, real estate, engineering, and luxury goods. Mattioli’s expertise includes litigation related to investments, sales transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, while Morrison focuses his work on securities and investment management matters.

McDermott Will & Emery has bolstered its Africa-focused energy, mining, and infrastructure practice with three counsel in Paris, all formerly partners at Canadian firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. JEAN-CLAUDE PETILON was hired as senior counsel, and will be working on privatizations and project financing. LILIANE DOUKOURE and MATTHIEU ADAM, both joining as counsel, will, respectively, focus on advising clients in the petroleum industry, and on a wide range of international projects and transactions. All three lawyers were mining and energy partners at now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf prior to launching a Paris office for Fasken Martineau in 2009. (In July 2010, The American Lawyer spotlighted Petilon in a story on Paris lawyers who specialize in work in Africa).

McKenna Long & Aldridge has opened a Northern Virginia office with a dozen aviation attorneys from Virginia-based Dombroff Gilmore Jaques & French. The new partners, THOMAS ALMY, MORGAN CAMPBELL, MARK DOMBROFF, DANE JAQUES, and MARK MCKINNON, join with seven associate counsel. The group will mainly be working on contract disputes, warranty claims, employment litigation, and Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions. As reported by sibling publication Blog of Legal Times, Dombroff Gilmore will be shutting its doors, as most of its lawyers are joining McKenna. Three lawyers also join McKenna from Dombroff in other offices.

The year-old San Francisco office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo has hired new corporate partner ROBERT BURWELL, previously with Latham & Watkins. As reported in sibling publication The Recorder, the firm’s San Francisco arm opened in April following the shuttering of its Silicon Valley office.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has expanded its Atlanta office with the arrival of seven new attorneys. Specializing in education law, the attorneys were previously with Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers, which is now called Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers. The group is led by former founding member GLENN BROCK, whose past experience includes serving as outside general counsel to superintendents, administrators, and school boards. Brock makes the move along with NINA GUPTA, also hired as a partner, senior counsel LAURA LASHLEY, and of counsel CAROL CALLAWAY and SUZANN WILCOX JILES. Two associates were also hired.

The Washington, D.C., office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has added ROBERT LOEB, who spent the past 25 years with the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, Loeb was the acting deputy director of the appellate staff of the agency’s civil division. At Orrick, Loeb will counsel clients as a partner with the Supreme Court and appellate litigation teams.

MICHAEL MCDONOUGH, an air-quality lawyer formerly a partner with Bingham McCutchen, has joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Los Angeles branch. McDonough, who was hired as a partner, focuses his practice on environmental regulatory and enforcement matters.

GREGORY WILLIAMS
has joined Wiley Rein’s litigation practice as a partner. Most recently, Williams was general counsel and managing partner of A7 Global Management Services, a start-up international commodities trading fund. Williams’s practice encompasses commercial litigation, patent infringement suits, international arbitration, and anticorruption matters.

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