Barnes & Thornburg has bolstered its labor and employment department with the addition of partner PETER SPANOS, whose clients come from industries including real estate, health care, financial services, and the not-for-profit sector. Spanos, based in Atlanta, previously worked at Burr & Forman.

has returned to former firm Choate, Hall & Stewart after working as general counsel for real estate firm The Davis Companies. Currie was hired as a partner in the firm’s Boston real estate group, where he will represent developers and private equity funds.

Dickstein Shapiro has added JEAN-PAUL LAVALLEYE as a partner in the intellectual property group. Based in Washington, D.C., Lavalleye will continue to take on patent cases. He was last a partner with Virginia-based intellectual property firm Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt.

Edwards Wildman Palmer has hired JACOB FROHMAN as of counsel for its recently launched Miami office. Frohman joins the business law department, where he will handle mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and securities cases. Prior to his move, Frohman was a partner in Boyd & Jenerette’s Miami office.

JEFFREY LIEBERMAN, an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney, has joined the New York office of Epstein Becker & Green as a member. Previously, Lieberman was a partner with Clifford Chance in New York.

The former head of Ashurst’s corporate practice in Germany, LUTZ ENGLISCH, has lateraled to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Englisch, who focuses on M&A work, has joined as a partner in the Munich office.

SCOTT KITEI has joined the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner. Kitei was previously with restructuring boutique Goldstein & McClintock in Chicago.

Corporate lawyer ALISON DREIZEN has lateraled to Hunton & Williams from the partnership of White & Case. Previously a resident in Moscow and Hong Kong offices, Dreizen will now be based in New York. She joins as a partner.

Jones Day has added LODEWIJK BERGER in the tax group of its Amsterdam arm. A former Loyens & Loeff partner, Berger’s practice covers international taxation matters, with a particular emphasis on multinational corporations, banks, and private equity funds.

NENA BAINS has gone to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Silicon Valley, where she was hired as a partner. A member of the medical and mechanical devices practice, Bain has worked for the past seven years as in-house counsel with medical device companies Boston Scientific Corporation and Asthmatx Inc.

The litigation practice of Latham & Watkins has announced the arrival of a group of four intellectual property lawyers, all previously partners with Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. DOUGLAS LUMISH, formerly the head of the intellectual practice at Kasowitz, GABRIEL GROSS, a patent and copyright infringement attorney, and JEFFREY HOMRIG, who often represents innovative technology companies are all joining Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley. MICHAEL EISENBERG, also a patent litigator, will be based in New York.

In Houston, EDWARD OSTERBERG has joined Mayer Brown after spending the past 30 years practicing with Vinson & Elkins, most recently as a partner. Osterberg will be working on tax transaction matters with an emphasis on the energy industry.

PAUL DAVIS has gone from Goodwin Procter to the San Francisco office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. As reported by sibling publication The Recorder, Davis is the sixth partner to join Mintz Levin in San Francisco so far this year. He will focus on the life sciences and medical device sectors as part of the intellectual property practice.

Also joining Mintz Levin, in New York, is ANDREW NAGEL, formerly a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Nagel’s practice covers mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, restructurings, and corporate governance.

has gone to Morrison & Foerster in New York to work as a partner on real estate transactions, especially those involving debt financings and securitizations. Prior to joining Morrison’s real estate group, Ceriello was a partner at Nixon Peabody.

The former intellectual property chair of Baker Botts in Palo Alto, CHRISTOPHER KENNERLY, has joined Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. The new partner will handle IP matters related to technology, with particular experience in mobile technology. Kennerly remains based in Palo Alto.

Two new partners have joined the four-month-old Houston office of Reed Smith. MARK TEMPLE, formerly a partner with Jones Day, joins the labor and employment group, and LEAH RUDNICKI becomes a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice. Rudnicki is a former senior counsel with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Former U.S. Department of Justice deputy assistant attorney general JASON WEINSTEIN has entered private practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Steptoe & Johnson. At Justice, Weinstein was a member of the criminal division, overseeing cases involving cybercrime, data breach, and transnational organized crime investigations. He joins Steptoe’s white-collar criminal defense, and privacy and data security practices.

ANDREA SATTY has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as a partner in the energy and project finance practice, with a focus on power and pipeline-related projects. Most recently a partner in the New York office of Chadbourne & Parke, Satty will remain based in New York.

ALLYSON BAKER, hired in 2011 to be part of the team in charge of launching the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Enforcement, has joined Venable in Washington, D.C., as a partner. Baker will be pursuing litigation and enforcement work.

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