ROBERTA GRANADIER has moved to Dickinson Wright as of counsel from Butzel Long, where she was a shareholder. Based in Dickinson’s Troy, Michigan, office, Granadier advises clients on employee benefits issues.

PETER REYES, the incumbent president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, has joined the intellectual property team at Barnes & Thornburg. Reyes is a partner in the firm’s Minneapolis office. He was last a senior IP lawyer at Cargill, a maker of food, agricultural, industrial, and financial products.

After being one of Dickstein Shapiro’s clients while serving as senior vice president and chief intellectual property officer at Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc., ATULYA AGARWAL has now joined the firm as a partner. A member of the intellectual property practice, Agarwal will build and manage intellectual property portfolios from the firm’s Palo Alto office.

The former cochair of Morrison & Foerster’s international litigation and arbitration practice, CEDRIC CHAO, has left the firm for DLA Piper. Chao, hired as a partner, is based in the San Francisco office and will be working with the litigation practice group on U.S. and cross-border litigation and arbitration cases. Sibling publication The Recorder has more on why Chao left MoFo after 30 years there.

Fox Rothschild has opened a new branch in Coral Gables, Florida, with the city’s former mayor, RAUL VALDES-FAULI, at the helm. According to The Legal Intelligencer, Valdes-Fauli—who will focus his practice on corporate and banking matters—has a close relationship with the local business community. He most recently practiced with Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, which is now called Fowler Rodriguez.

King & Spalding has welcomed a new partner in its Dubai real estate practice, STEPHEN KELLY. He was most recently a partner at and head of Clyde & Co.’s Middle East real estate development group.

CHRISTOPHER LOEBER, previously a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has joined the partnership of Lowenstein Sandler. As a member of the insurance coverage practice, Loeber will handle cases involving insurance recovery, commercial litigation, and corporate investigations.

DWIGHT SMITH III
has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner in the firm’s financial services practice in Washington, D.C. Smith, formerly a senior counsel with Morrison & Foerster, will continue to advise clients on consumer finance and payments systems matters.

Labor and employment firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has announced the arrival of WILLIAM "FRANK" BIRCHFIELD as a shareholder in the firm’s New York City office. Prior to his move, Birchfield was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, where his areas of practice included performing union negotiations, labor and employment litigation, and policy and compliance matters.

K&L Gates has lost three partners to Perkins Coie’s intellectual property practice. MICHAEL OSTERHOFF, an intellectual property litigator, ADAM MARCHUK, whose practice focuses on business disputes and intellectual property matters, and patent litigator HEATHER BOICE are all joining Perkins’s Chicago office. Osterhoff and Marchuk are partners, while Boice joins as senior counsel.

Proskauer Rose has announced the arrival of DAVID COHEN, previously with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Cohen will expand Proskauer’s private equity and mergers and acquisitions groups as a senior counsel in Los Angeles.

Intellectual property lawyers PETER LAURO and MELISSA HUNTER-ENSOR have lateraled to Saul Ewing, where they will be partners in the business and finance, life sciences and intellectual property, and technology practices. Previously partners with Edwards Wildman Palmer, both are based in Boston.

Snell & Wilmer has snatched two attorneys from Holland & Hart for its business and finance practice in Las Vegas. ROBERT ANDERSON and KRISANNE CUNNINGHAM were hired as a partner and counsel, respectively, keeping similar position to the ones they had at Holland & Hart. Anderson’s practice covers a range of business and legal transactions, while Cunningham has a particular interest in tax matters.

GREGORY YOUNG, the former chair of Edwards Wildman Palmer’s public policy and governmental relations department, has jumped to Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s real estate practice. A resident of the firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, office, Young will handle real estate matters including land use, development, and transactions.

ANNETTE TRIPP has joined Thompson & Knight’s Houston office as a partner in the finance department. Tripp, previously a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, concentrates her practice on mergers and acquisitions and financial services regulatory law.

Commercial litigator RANDALL MILLER is the latest addition to Venable’s Tysons Corner–Virginia branch. Miller was last a business partner with Arnold & Porter, where his area of practice focused on the technology, real estate, and hospitality industries, as well as government contracting.

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