Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has lost partner TIM MATTHEWS to Brown Rudnick in London. Matthews will serve as a partner with the firm’s corporate practice, focusing on takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, and sales matters.

MICHAEL FABER has joined Cooley’s tax practice as a partner in New York. Formerly with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was a partner, Faber’s practice focuses on federal and state taxation.

Intellectual property litigator PAUL GUPTA is moving to DLA Piper in New York, where he will specialize in the technology industry, handling a wide range of issues including cyber security, privacy, and business litigation. Prior to his move, Gupta was a partner in the New York and Silicon Valley offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

The trademark and copyright group at Fish & Richardson welcomes new of counsel ROBERT O’CONNELL JR. in its Boston arm. O’Connell will also be handling licensing and a wide range of brand managements matters. He was previously senior counsel at Goodwin Procter.

Fisher & Phillips is bolstering its Texas presence with a third opening in the region. The new San Antonio outpost will be led by Houston managing partner Stephen Roppolo, who will be managing both offices. Joseph Gagnon, another Fish & Phillips partner, will also divide his time between Houston and San Antonio, while attorney Santiago Analiz will be a full-time resident of the firm’s new branch.

GrayRobinson is strengthening its presence in South Florida, opening a third branch in the area with partners from Boca Raton–based law firm Siemon & Larsen. Starting April 1, CHARLIE SIEMON and WENDY LARSEN will lead GrayRobinson’s new office in Boca Raton, bringing along a third attorney, MICHAEL MARSHALL. All three new partners have been focusing on real estate and a wide range of issues related to land use.  

K&L Gates is expanding its energy practice by adding two new partners in its Washington, D.C., and Houston offices. STEVEN SPARLING and DAVID WOCHNER, who are making the move from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, will advise clients on various aspects of the liquefied natural gas industry. They will work out of both offices.

The firm is also bolstering its Hong Kong office and has hired two new partners, as reported in sibling publication The Asian Lawyer. DAVID JOHNSON, former partner at Allen & Overy, will be a member of the corporate and securities practice, while SAMUEL NGO, who previously served as of counsel with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, will work with the commercial disputes team.

Finally, K&L Gates has hired JOHN SCORDO, a partner in the firm’s insurance coverage practice. Scordo will advise clients on a wide range of issues including privacy, data breach, and data protection. He was most recently a partner with Day Pitney.

ING LOONG YANG, a former partner with Sidley Austin in Hong Kong, is moving to Latham & Watkins as a partner in the firm’s litigation department. Yang, who will remain based in Hong Kong, has experience dealing with commercial litigation matters and international arbitration proceedings.

Also joining Latham & Watkins’s litigation department this week is YI-CHIN HO, last with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where she was a partner and served as the firm’s director of Asia development and strategic growth. Now a partner in Latham & Watkins’s Los Angeles office, Ho’s practice focuses on antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property, and white-collar investigation issues.

TONY GRUNDY has left Morrison & Foerster, where he was a partner, to join Japanese firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto as a senior of counsel. The Asian Lawyer reports that Grundy will be based in Singapore, and will advise clients on capital markets, structured finance and bank lending.

Counsel PETER TRIMARCHI will advise clients at Nixon Peabody on regulatory and transactional matters in the energy and environmental industries. Trimarchi is the latest addition to the firm’s Albany office, and was last a counsel with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna.

A former assistant chief in the U.S. Department of Justice’s fraud section and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Paul Hastings. NATHANIEL EDMONDS, a partner in the firm’s global compliance and dispute groups, will put into practice his years of experience in investigations, and his understanding of legal and regulatory matters.

Quarles & Brady’s trusts and estates practice group in Chicago welcomes RUTH PIVAR and MICHELE MALIS, joining as of counsel. Most recently, the two attorneys were with Ungaretti & Harris —Pivar as a partner, Malis, as counsel—both focusing on wealth preservation and estate planning.

The former general counsel of Adobe Systems Incorporated, KAREN COTTLE, is now practicing with Sidley Austin, in the firm’s Palo Alto office. As a senior counsel, Cottle will be focusing on governance, securities, compliance, intellectual property, and privacy issues.

SNR Denton has hired former vice president for governmental affairs and counsel of Alaska-based wireless company General Communication Inc. Based in Washington, D.C., MEGAN DELANY will be a principal in the firm’s telecom and technology practice, and will concentrate her work on legislative and regulatory matters.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.