Ballard Spahr welcomes JOHN SADLER, a commercial litigator who focuses on the representation of commercial lenders in recruiting matters. The new of counsel will be working from Ballard’s Bethesda, Maryland, office. He was previously a shareholder with Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, & Ecker.

WILSON EATON III is the latest addition to Burr & Forman’s Mobile, Alabama, office. The new partner will advise clients on various labor and employment matters including collective bargaining and labor arbitration. Most recently, he was a partner with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada.

MATTHEW KARLYN is leaving Foley & Lardner, where he was a partner, to join the Boston office of Cooley. Karlyn will be a partner in the business practice, as well as a member of the technology transactions group.

After hiring six Edwards Wildman Palmer partners to launch a West Palm Beach office last week, Cozen O’Connor has added MARTIN SCHRIER to the firm’s Miami branch. Formerly a partner with K&L Gates, Schrier’s practice has been focusing on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and venture and growth capital investments. He is joining Cozen O’Connor as a member.

Duane Morris announced the arrival of a new partner, PAUL JOSEPHSON, last with Hill Wallack. Josephson has gained experience in gaming law while leading his former firm’s regulatory and government affairs, and gaming law practice groups. The attorney will be a member of the trial practice group, working from both the Cherry Hill and Newark offices in New Jersey.

RON KIRK, a former Dallas mayor and most recently U.S. trade representative under the Obama administration, has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Kirk, a senior counsel, will be providing strategic advice from the firm’s Dallas and Washington, D.C., offices.

K&L Gates is opening a new office in Wilmington, Delaware. Working from what will be the firm’s 48th location, K&L Gates hired a team of four partners, all previously with Delaware-based law firm Potter Anderson & Corroon. SCOTT WAXMAN, who twice served as chair of Potter Anderson’s business group, will lead K&L Gates’s group on a wide range of financings and transaction matters for alternative business entities. Other partners joining are ERIC FELDMAN, former hiring partner at Potter Anderson; NICHOLAS FROIO, previously vice-chair of Potter’s business group; and former principal counsel CHRISTINA HOUSTON.

Morrison & Foerster is bolstering its privacy and data security practices, snatching three lawyers from Foley & Lardner. ANDREW SERWIN, a privacy and consumer protection attorney specializing in the health care industry, will be a partner in MoFo’s Washington, D.C., and San Diego offices. He was the founding chair of Foley’s privacy, security and information management practice. PETER MCLAUGHLIN, hired as of counsel, also focuses his practice on the health care industry and will be based in New York. Meanwhile, an associate is joining MoFo’s San Diego office.

Labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart continues to expand its Washington, D.C., capabilities with the arrival of JOHN MARTIN. The new shareholder is the third attorney to have joined the office since the beginning of the year, following in the steps of Elizabeth Dougherty, who joined in February, and Brian Hayes, who arrived in January. Prior to his move, Martin was a partner with Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, a Dallas-based commercial litigation firm.

A former senior counsel at Morrison & Foerster has joined Perkins Coie’s environment, energy and resources practice, in San Francisco. EDGAR WASHBURN, who specializes in environmental and natural resources litigation and regulatory counseling, will continue to practice as senior counsel. LOWELL NESS is also moving to Perkins Coie, but will be based in the firm’s Palo Alto office to work with emerging companies on venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. The new partner has lateraled from the Silicon Valley office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was a partner.

The cochairwoman of DLA Piper’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anticorruption and corporate compliance practice group has left the firm for Troutman Sanders. SHARIE BROWN is now a partner in Troutman’s white-collar and government investigations practice in Washington, D.C., handling cases involving corporate compliance, ethics, and governance matters.

Sedgwick is also opening a new office this week, which will be the firm’s 18th worldwide. To launch its Miami branch, Sedgwick acquired local firm Abadin Cook and hired five of the firm’s eight attorneys. As reported in sibling publication the Daily Business Review, founding partners RAMON ABADIN and KIMBERLY COOK, along with three associates, have decided to join Sedgwick and will remain in their Dadeland offices. The trial attorneys have experience representing clients in complex personal injury and commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on manufacturing, life sciences, technology, retail, and health care industries.

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