BRUCE SABER has joined Arnold & Porter’s real estate practice as counsel in New York. Saber most recently served as president of Curator, an investment firm specializing in real estate, finance, and banking. Saber’s past experience at law firms includes time at now-defunct Heller Ehrman and at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

A three-person team from Roetzel & Andress has moved to Dickinson Wright in Columbus. The new lawyers are members JEFFREY BRAUN and SCOT CROW and legal consultant JEFFREY FROMSON (the legal consultant position is similar to of counsel at other firms). Braun focuses on real estate law, while Crow specializes in tax, corporate, and business law.

DLA Piper’s latest hire is ZHAOYANG "PAUL" LI, an intellectual property attorney in San Francisco. A partner in the IP and technology practice as well as the patent prosecution group, Li often handles matters related to Chinese companies. He last worked at Squire Sanders.

Duane Morris made a trio of U.S. hires this week on both coasts. In San Francisco, JAMES KRIEG and ALLISON LANE COOPER join the trial practice as partners from Krieg, Keller, Sloan, Roman & Holland, which will now be known as Keller, Sloan, Roman & Holland. In Miami, LESLIE CROLAND joins the corporate group as a partner from Edwards Wildman Palmer. Krieg and Cooper represent lawyers and law firms in professional liability matters. Croland, meanwhile, is a general corporate lawyer practicing in areas such as private equity financings, emerging companies work, mergers and acquisitions, and securities.

Gardere Arena y Asociados, the Mexico City branch of Gardere Wynne Sewell, has gained international arbitration attorney VIVIANA CASTRO-HURTADO. Previously at White & Case, she joins as a member of the Mexico and Latin America practice.

FRANK SCHWEITZER has left a position as associate general counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to join K&L Gates. Now a partner in Washington, D.C., Schweitzer will focus on international trade and international law matters related to the cross-border movement of goods, services, and capital. While at the USTR, he represented the United States in litigation matters before the World Trade Organization. 

K&L Gates also recently hired DEBORAH BEAN as a partner in Brisbane, Australia. A banking and finance lawyer, Bean previously worked at Gadens Lawyers.

Real estate lawyer BRIAN DAVIS has moved from the partnership of Kirkland & Ellis to Mayer Brown, where he joins as a partner in Chicago. He represents real estate equity investors on matters including distressed debt and equity transactions, asset acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development, and structural finance.

Also joining Mayer Brown this week is STEPHEN BASKIN, a patent litigator in Washington, D.C. Baskin previously worked at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he served as managing partner of that firm’s D.C. office.

BRIAN HOFFMANN has returned to McDermott Will & Emery, where he last worked  from 1995 to 1999. Hoffmann represents public and private companies on a range of corporate matters, including hostile takeovers, cross-border deals, and leveraged buyouts. Now a partner in McDermott’s New York office, Hoffmann last worked at Clifford Chance, where he was co-chair of the firm’s Americas M&A practice.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s newest partner in New York is DOUGLAS LANDY, previously head of the U.S. financial services regulatory practice at Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy. Landy, a former staff attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, represents global financial institutions in U.S. regulatory matters.

The Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster now counts DAVID WALSH as a partner. A consumer class action litigator, Walsh laterals from Paul Hastings. Walsh is active in the environmental law section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and serves on the Bar’s federal courts coordinating committee.

Labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has hired DAVID RAIZMAN as a shareholder in Los Angeles. Raizman, previously with Drinker Biddle & Reath, specializes in the defense of cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and in helping clients comply with disability access laws.

DAVID FOURNIER has jumped from K&L Gates in Chicago to Perkins Coie, where he joins as a partner in the intellectual property practice. Earlier in his career, Fournier worked as a patent scientist and patent agent at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

The telecommunications, Internet and media practice at Steptoe & Johnson now counts MARKHAM ERICKSON as a partner in Washington, D.C. Erickson is active in shaping Internet law and policy, including through his representation of the U.S. government in matters related to speech and content regulation on the Internet, and in past engagements helping formulate laws such as the Internet Gambling Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. He also serves as general counsel to The Internet Association, a trade group that represents Internet companies. Most recently, Erickson worked at Holch & Erickson, a firm he co-founded in 2006.

In Omaha, Stinson Morrison Hecker has gained a five-lawyer group from Husch Blackwell. The new hires include partners DAVID BRACHT, ROBERT GINN, AARON JOHNSON, JOHN KATELMAN, and one associate. The lawyers are in a range of practice areas. Bracht advises companies on contract, corporate, finance, environmental, and regulatory issues. Ginn focuses on insolvency and commercial bankruptcy. Johnson handles commercial lending, corporate finance, regulatory compliance, and corporate matters, and Johnson focuses on commercial real estate and general business matters.

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