Fox Rothschild’s nine-month-old Denver office has merged with local firm Lottner Rubin Fishman Saul. The merger, which will become effective July 1, adds 16 new attorneys to Fox Rothschild, including 10 partners.

Fox Rothschild launched in Denver in September with three intellectual property attorneys from Bryan Cave in response to the Patent and Trademark Office announcing that one of its three regional centers will be located there.

With the merger, the office will now be full-service. Office managing partner Neal Cohen says the firm is particularly excited about Lottner Rubin’s real estate practice, which has a strong reputation. “We get a lot of calls about real estate, but we used to have to send them to another Fox Rothschild office," Cohen says. "Now, we can help."

Lottner Rubin managing partner and new Fox Rothschild partner RICK RUBIN says the ability to have a national platform interested his firm. “Our firm also respects Fox Rothschild because it keeps its cost numbers under control,” Rubin says.


Mark Silow, Fox Rothschild’s firmwide managing partner, said the firm is still recruiting in Denver and is aiming for between 20 to 30 lawyers to start. The two firms will initially work out of separate offices until they find space large enough for everyone later this year.

In other Churn news . . .

Crowell & Moring now counts MARY ANNE MASON as a partner. Mason, who recently left DLA Piper, will work in the firm's Washington, D.C., office as a member of the antitrust group. Her main focus will be work related to the regulation of energy commodity derivatives and the enforcement of market manipulation rules.

Liverpool-based DWF has hired former DLA Piper corporate finance partner PAUL PIGNATELLI in Glasgow after the global legal giant's closure of its office in Scotland's largest city earlier this year. Pignatelli, who has been working out of DLA's Edinburgh office, spent more than 20 years at its various predecessor firms, including nine years as head of its sports practice. During that time he was part of a DLA team that helped get golf into the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to The Scotsman.

Fox Rothschild has added a five-member zoning and land use team to its New York office, led by new partners JESSE MASYR and KAREN BINDER. The team moved over from Wachtel Masyr & Missry, which is now called Wachtel Missry. New York Law Journal and The Legal Intelligencer have more on the moves.

Goodwin Procter has added former federal prosecutor GRANT FONDO as a partner in its securities litigation and white-collar defense group, based in Menlo Park, California. Fondo worked for the past five years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in the Northern District of California.

KEVIN CHRISTMAS has gone to K&L Gates from Reed Smith. He will work at K&L Gates as a partner in its corporate and mergers and acquisitions practice, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

TERANCE GONSALVES has moved to Katten Muchin Rosenman from the Career Education Corporation, where he served as vice president and deputy general counsel of litigation. At Katten, Gonsalves will be a Chicago-based partner in the firm's litigation practice.

Littler Mendleson has poached the second lawyer in as many weeks from Jackson Lewis in San Francisco. This time, DOUGLAS BRIA has joined the labor and employment firm as a shareholder in its litigation practice, specializing in class actions and complex litigation, e-discovery matters, general employment litigation, and wage and hour compliance.

In Silicon Valley, A. MARISA CHUN is now a partner in the trial practice of McDermott Will & Emery. Before moving to McDermott, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a deputy associate attorney general in Washington, D.C.

McGuireWoods has hired BRIAN SWETT as a partner in its restructuring and insolvency department, based in Chicago. Swett most recently worked at Winston & Strawn.

Real estate finance lawyer STEPHAN COX has been hired at Morrison & Foerster as of counsel in New York. He last worked in the New York branch of German real estate bank Hypothekenbank Frankfurt AG, where he managed more than $11 billion in structured finance transactions and $1 billion in commercial mortgage–backed security loans.

Norton Rose Fulbright has brought on TERRY ARBIT as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Arbit recently left the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he served as deputy general counsel. Arbit specializes in commodities, futures and derivatives issues, and regulatory work.

Four trusts and estates lawyers recently departed the Boston office of K&L Gates for Nutter McClennen & Fish. KEVIN MEUSE and ELIZABETH POTTER are now partners at Nutter McClennen in Boston, with DAVID LEWIS JR. joining as counsel and GORDON STEVENSON JR. as of counsel.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's health care practice group has expanded with the hire of ASHA SCIELZO, who will work as special counsel in Washington, D.C. Scielzo, who practiced at Jones Day for a decade earlier in her career, most recently taught at American University Washington College of Law as an adjunct faculty member.

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Brian Baxter contributed reporting.