Correction, 3/21/2012, 12:00 p.m. EDT: The original version of this story incorrectly described Rita Weeks’s status at Fulbright & Jaworski. She is a senior counsel. The fourth paragraph below has been revised to reflect the correct information. We regret the error.

ALEXANDER CALFO is the latest addition to Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles branch. The attorney was last with Yukevich Calfo & Cavanaugh—now Yukevich Cavanaugh—a litigation defense boutique, where Calfo was a name partner. Calfo’s practice focuses on product liability matters and business and insurance coverage cases. He brings along three associates with him. Read more about the move in sibling publication The Recorder.

Bingham McCutchen has hired three new attorneys in its Silicon Valley corporate practice, bolstering its technology, life sciences, and mergers and acquisitions capabilities. Two join from Foley & Lardner: JAMES CHAPMAN, who represents U.S.– and Asia-based companies in the technology sector, and of counsel STEPHEN CLINTON, whose practice specializes in emerging growth companies within the technology, life sciences, and clean technology industries. MICHAEL DISANTO, who joins as a partner, was last with Dinsmore & Shohl, and will continue to represent publicly traded and emerging-growth companies. The Recorder has more on the moves.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has added SIMON WARD to its commercial arbitration practice in Muscat, Oman. Ward, hired as counsel, was most recently the head of disputes at Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co., a law firm based in Oman and affiliated with Clifford Chance.

Former McDermott Will & Emery intellectual property litigation partner RITA WEEKS has lateraled to Fulbright & Jaworski’s New York office. As senior counsel in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice, Weeks will take on cases involving trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has announced the hire of WILLIAM SCHERMAN, a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, to its Washington, D.C., office. Scherman will chair the newly formed energy, regulation, and litigation group.

After practicing with McKenna Long & Aldridge for the past 12 years, CHARLES REED has left the firm for Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith in Atlanta, which he joins as a partner. As reported in sibling publication the Daily Report, Reed, a product liability attorney, brings along two associates and a paralegal.

The National Law Journal reports that two former Husch Blackwell partners have moved to The Lowenbaum Partnership, a 24-attorney labor and employment boutique in St. Louis. DANNAE DELANO, who specializes in employee benefits and ADAM HIRTZ, a trial attorney focusing on labor and employment issues, both joining the firm as employees (Lowenbaum doesn’t specify between partners and associates).

Mayer Brown has welcomed new partner JOEL MOSS in its restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency practice in New York. Most recently Moss was a director at Barclays, serving as the bank’s primary lawyer overseeing a wide range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters across the country.

In 2009, MARK GITENSTEIN was a partner with Mayer Brown, where he’d worked for two decades, when he was appointed to be U.S. ambassador to Romania by President Barack Obama. Now Gitenstein has returned to Mayer Brown as a special counsel in its Washington, D.C., office and a member of the government and global trade practice.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough made two new hires this week. MADELEINE BLAKE has joined the firm as counsel in the Boston office, where she will work on securities enforcement matters. Prior to her move, her first in private practice, Blake was associate district administrator for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Boston office.

Also joining Nelson Mullins is JIMMY MCDONALD as of counsel in the Atlanta branch. The government relations practitioner was last the assistant general counsel for UHS-Pruitt Corporation, a Georgia-based health care provider.

SUSAN MURPHY, previously of counsel at Porter Hedges, has joined Thompson & Knight’s Houston office. Murphy will be working with the health care practice group as counsel, with a particular focus on operational and transactional matters.

Vedder Price has announced the arrival of MEHTAP CEVHER CONTI in the firm’s New York office. As of counsel in the global transportation finance practice, Cevher Conti will represent borrowers, lenders, and equity sources. Most recently, she was an associate with White & Case.

Life sciences regulatory attorney BRUCE MANHEIM has moved to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr from Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner. Based in the Washington, D.C., office, Manheim joins Wilmer as a partner.

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