Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis has hired FERNANDO VILLA as a partner in Los Angeles. Formerly a partner with real estate boutique Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, Villa has experience in land use, environmental, governmental matters, and real estate dispute resolution.

Baker Botts has strengthened its tax and corporate practices with the hire of two new partners. BONNIE BARSAMIAN, a capital markets lawyer, joins in New York after practicing as special counsel with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. DON LONCZAK, whose practice focuses on tax matters, is based in New York and Washington, D.C. He was previously a partner at Shearman & Sterling.

CAREY TROELL has lateraled to the partnership of Bracewell & Giuliani from Fulbright & Jaworski, where he was most recently senior counsel. Troell joins Bracewell’s San Antonio’s office to work on tax-exempt financings.

In Atlanta, Bryan Cave has snatched five attorneys from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan; partners SCOTT HOBBY, CHARLES HOLLIS III, DEREK JOHNSTON, and SEAN CHRISTY, and of counsel TIMOTHY DODSON. The group has an international outsourcing practice.

ROBERT TRAINOR, the former executive vice president and general counsel of UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company based in Brussels, has joined Covington & Burling as senior of counsel. Trainor is based in Covington’s New York office, advising clients from the pharmaceutical industry on corporate, policy, and litigation issues.

Tax attorney JOSEPH PARI has left Linklaters in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner, for the audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG. Pari had joined Linklaters in New York in April 2012 from Dewey & LeBoeuf as the firm veered toward bankruptcy. Pari later transferred to the Washington, D.C., office when it was launched in November 2012.

has jumped from Blank Rome to Fulbright & Jaworski in New York. The finance attorney, who joins as a partner, will continue to focus on advising clients from the transportation industry.

Dickstein Shapiro has lost partner J. ANDREW JACKSON to Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where he joins as a partner in the firm’s government regulation practice. A former U.S. Department of Justice trial lawyer, Jackson handles government contract matters as well as cases related to the health care industry.

The former cochairs of Williams Mullen’s electronic discovery and information governance department, BENNETT BORDEN and JAY BRUDZ, have left to cochair Drinker Biddle & Reath’s information governance and electronic discovery practice in Washington, D.C. The two partners will also oversee Drinker Discovery Solutions, a subsidiary that provides electronic discovery solutions to clients.

Real estate attorney DOUGLAS IRVIN has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight as a partner. Prior to his move, Irving was a partner at Mulrenin & Associates, a transactional law firm with a focus on commercial real estate and business. His practice focuses on condominium law.

BRENT LEWIS, a former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft associate, is now of counsel at Hunton & Williams. A member of the firm’s structured finance and secularization practice, Lewis is resident in the New York office.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has added JOHN DELLAPORTAS as a partner in New York to work on commercial litigation and arbitration matters, particularly cases involving securities litigation. He was previously a partner with Duane Morris.

McKool Smith has announced the arrival of former Hogan Lovells partner TOM BAYKO. The trial lawyer, hired as a principal, will be working from both New York and Houston, concentrating on cross-border litigation and arbitration, especially in the energy and financial institution sectors.

At the end of the month, MATTHEW HOWSARE will join Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as of counsel to help expand the firm’s consumer product safety practice. Howsare, based in Washington, D.C., is leaving a position as chief of staff and chief counsel to the chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has expanded its Nashville office with the hire of KEVIN DOHERTY, previously with Burr & Forman, as a partner, and CYNTHIA WIEL, previously a member with Hubbard, Berry & Harris, as of counsel. The pair bring their experience in insurance regulatory law, with a particular focus on captives, risk retention groups, and health care law.

Sidley Austin has expanded its Houston branch with the hire of TIMOTHY LANGENKAMP as a partner. Previously a partner in Andrews & Kurth’s corporate and securities practice, Langenkamp’s practice focuses on capital markets matters with a particular focus on energy transactions.

Natural resources attorney TINA GROVIER has joined Stoel Rives as a partner in the environment, land use, and natural resources group. Grovier will be based in Anchorage. She was previously a shareholder at Alaska firm Birch Horton Bittner and Cherot.

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