Clarification: 5/28/2013, 11:47 a.m. EDT. The original version of this story described David Bournazian’s previous employment as a White House lawyer. He worked in the executive office of the White House under President George H.W. Bush. The information has been updated in the first paragraph.


DAVID BOURNAZIAN is now practicing with Baker & Hostetler as a partner in the litigation group. Bournazian is joining the firm’s Costa Mesa office in California, where his commercial litigation practice will concentrate on employment, health care and real estate disputes. Bournazian previously worked in the executive office of the White House under President George H.W. Bush, overseeing NASA and drug enforcement budgets and obtaining congressional approval for presidential programs. Most recently, he was a partner at Kutak Rock.

Baker & McKenzie has hired litigator MICHAEL DUFFY to work with its dispute resolution practice in Chicago, and advise a wide range of clients such as manufacturers, private equity firms, auditors, and oil and gas companies. A former Baker & McKenzie summer associate, Duffy was most recently a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.

Cooley is strengthening its litigation practice in San Diego with the addition of partner RAY HARTMAN, who was previously with DLA Piper. Based in the firm’s San Diego office, Hartman will continue to specialize in environmental litigation.

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright has added TERRENCE O’DONNELL as a member in its Columbus, Ohio, office. Previously with Bricker & Eckler, O’Donnell’s practice focuses on public policy advocacy and regulatory compliance.

Following the dissolution of his former firm Zagorin O’Brien Graham in April, partner DAVID O’BRIEN has joined the intellectual property group of Haynes and Boone in Austin. The new partner will continue to concentrate on patent work for matters involving software, semiconductor, and computer electronics technologies.

Lane Powell has added MICHAEL HARRINGTON to its labor and employment practice as counsel. Harrington joins from Group Health Cooperative, a Seattle-based nonprofit health care system, where he served as the group’s executive director of labor relations. Harrington specializes in labor and employment issues in the workplace.   

JOSEPH BARTLETT, a private equity and venture capital attorney, has joined McCarter & English in its New York branch. The new special counsel is joining the firm’s corporate, securities, and financial institutions. Most recently Bartlett was a counsel in Sullivan & Worcester’s corporate department.

McDermott Will & Emery has snatched JULIA JACOBSON from Bingham McCutchen, where she was a counsel. Hired as a partner in the Boston office, Jacobson will be working with the global privacy and data protection affinity team on issues related to privacy policies and terms of use.

JON BALLAN, the former head of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo’s New York public finance group, has left the firm to head McKenna Long & Aldridge’s equivalent practice. Ballan, who joins as a partner, will also cochair McKenna Long’s global infrastructure and public-private partnerships group.

Perkins Coie welcomes KIMBERLY REINDL, a former senior counsel with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Reindl will serve as senior counsel in Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C., office and advise clients in the media industry on compliance and policy matters directly related to the Federal Communications Commission. 

Three new attorneys have joined Robinson & Cole. MICHAEL CRISP, a trial lawyer specializing in commercial disputes and product liability, and EILEEN EWING, who advises clients in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, are joining the firm’s New York and Boston offices, respectively. While Crisp is a former Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner, Ewing was most recently a partner with Greenberg Traurig. DAWN ZAMMITTI, who had practiced with Robinson & Cole in the past, is rejoining the firm as counsel in the employee benefits and compensation group. She had previously provided independent benefits consulting services.

Jenner & Block has lost a cochair in its real estate securities practice. STEVEN MEIER has left the firm to join Seyfarth Shaw, where he will be working in the corporate department as a partner in the Chicago office. 

The Santa Barbara arm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton is also losing a partner. JEFFREY DINKIN has lateraled to Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in its Santa Barbara office. Dinkin will continue to advise clients on labor and employment matters as a shareholder. 

Wiley Rein expanded its environment and safety practice with the addition of a new partner in its Washington, D.C., office. STEVEN RICHARDSON, a natural resources lawyer, will be handling a wide range of regulatory and litigation work as well as public policy matters. Prior to his move, Richardson was a partner at Van Ness Feldman, a firm focused on energy, the environment, real estate, and health care matters.

Real estate attorney WILLIAM LANG has joined the New York office of Winston & Strawn as a partner in New York. Lang has been handling commercial real estate transactions and other financing matters, most recently as a partner with Nixon Peabody.

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